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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW

    The Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons survey examines the job search experience of unemployed persons, with particular focus on two key aspects - steps taken to find work, and barriers encountered in finding work.

    PURPOSE

    Data from the survey are used in formulating policies in areas such as labour market assistance, and control and review mechanisms for unemployment benefit payments.

    SCOPE

    This survey is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic.

    Scope - Labour Force Survey

    The Labour Force Survey includes all persons aged 15 and over except:

    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated populations;
    • overseas residents in Australia; and
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.

    From July 1993 Jervis Bay Territory is also excluded from the scope of the survey. Before July 1993 it was included in estimates for the Australian Capital Territory.

    Scope - Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons Survey (JSEUP)

    The scope for JSEUP was the same as that used for the Labour Force Survey except that it was restricted to unemployed persons excluding those who were waiting to be called back to a full-time or part-time job from which they had been stood down without pay for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week (for reasons other than bad weather or plant breakdown). Students at boarding school, some patients in hospitals and sanatoriums and inmates of reformatories, goals, etc. were also excluded.

    The number of unemployed persons published in Labour Force, Australia, from July 1998 (ABS Cat. No. 6203.0) differs from that published in Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons, Australia, from July 1998 (ABS Cat. No. 6222.0) because persons who were stood down were excluded from this survey, as it was inappropriate to ask them about their job search experience.

    From July 1997, all supplementary surveys excluded persons in remote and sparsely settled areas of Australia. The exclusion of these persons has only a minor effect on estimates for individual States or Territories.

    Coverage - Labour Force Survey

    In the Labour Force Survey, coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two separate dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.

    Persons who are away from their usual residence for six weeks or less at the time of interview are enumerated at their usual residence (relevant information may be obtained from other usual residents present at the time of the survey).

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

    The survey presents data on the job search experience of two populations: unemployed persons (excluding those who were stood down) and unemployed persons who were employees in their last full-time job and who ceased that job in the last two years (excluding those who were stood down).

    Main outputs

    Results of the Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons Survey (ABS Cat. no. 6222.0), including data tables and analysis are released in publication format, and include the following tables:

    All unemployed persons: whether looking for full-time or part-time work

    Unemployed persons: selected characteristics

    Unemployed persons: duration of current period of unemployment

    Unemployed persons: selected characteristics and whether looking for full-time or part-time work

    Unemployed persons: whether looking for full-time or part-time work and duration of current period of unemployment

    Active steps taken to find work and age - looking for full-time work

    Active steps taken to find work and age

    Number of spells of looking for work in the previous twelve months and age

    Number of offers of employment in the previous twelve months and duration of current period of unemployment

    Main difficulty in finding work and duration of current of current period of unemployment

    Main difficulty in finding work and educational attainment

    Main difficulty in finding work and birthplace

    Main difficulty in finding work and age

    All difficulties in finding work and age

    Time spent looking for work in the previous twelve months and relationship in household

    Duration of current period of unemployment and educational attainment

    Duration of last full-time job and age

    Populations: State or territory of usual residence

    Classifications

    Demographics: State, Area, Region, Sex, Marital Status, Relationship in Household, Period of Arrival and Age.

    Country of Birth: The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC).

    Educational attainment: Australian Bureau of Statistics Classification of Qualifications (ABSCQ) (to 2001), then Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED).

    Other concepts (summary)

    Not applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    1. National & State/Territory\1.01 Australia
    1. National & State/Territory\1.02 All States & Territories
    2. Parts of State\2.12 Other Geographic Areas\2.12.03 Part of State Metropolitan
    2. Parts of State\2.12 Other Geographic Areas\2.12.04 Part of State-Extra Metropolitan

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Not all data available for all areas.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Annually

    Frequency comments



    COLLECTION HISTORY

    Initial collection: Persons Looking for Work, May 1976

    Persons Looking for Work, November 1976

    Persons Looking for Work, May 1977

    Persons Looking for Work, July 1978 then annually until July 1980

    Persons Looking for Work, June 1981

    Characteristics of Persons Looking for Work, July 1982, July 1983

    Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons, July 1984, July 1985, June 1986, July 1988, July 1990, June 1991, July 1992, July 1993, July 1994 (reduction in sample to seven-eighths of Labour Force Survey sample), July 1995, July 1996, July 1997, July 1998, July 1999, July 2000

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Publication Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 6222.0)


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    19/04/2002 01:14 PM



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