Australian Bureau of Statistics
Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons
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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.
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.
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:
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).
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).
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
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)
Comments and/or Other Regions
Not all data available for all areas.
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 comments
Publication Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 6222.0)
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This page last updated 11 September 2008