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Employment and Unemployment Patterns, Survey of

CONTACT

Assistant Director
Labour Market Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7437
Facsimile (02) 6252 7784


DESCRIPTION

The Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (SEUP) aimed to provide information on the dynamics of the labour market and to assist in the assessment of labour market assistance initiatives. This was achieved using a longitudinal survey where information was collected from the same group of individuals over a period of three years.

The results of the survey helped inform public debate on the dynamics of the labour market and jobseekers' labour market experiences and outcomes.

Scope

Persons aged 15-59 years resident in private dwellings. Within this broad population there were three subgroups:

  • jobseekers - persons who were unemployed, underemployed or marginally attached to the labour force;
  • a population reference group - a random sample of the population aged 15-59. This group was included so that the labour market experience of jobseekers could be assessed in the context of the general population; and
  • labour market program participants - persons who had commenced a subsidised employment placement and/or commenced a labour market training program between July 1994 and February 1995.


DISSEMINATION

Publications

Australian Bureau of Statistics 1998, Australians’ Employment and Unemployment Patterns, 1994 to 1997 (cat. no. 6286.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1997, Australians’ Employment and Unemployment Patterns, 1994 to 1996 (cat. no. 6286.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1997, Australians’ Employment and Unemployment Patterns, Jobseekers (cat. no. 6286.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1997, Australians’ Employment and Unemployment Patterns, 1994 to 1996, First Results (cat. no. 6289.0), ABS, Canberra.
Carino-Abello, A., Pederson, D. & King, A. 2001, Occasional Paper: Dynamics of Earned Income in Australia - An Application Using the 1994-1997 Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (cat. no. 6293.0.00.007), ABS, Canberra.
Dunlop, Y. 2000, Occasional Paper: Labour Market Outcomes of Low Paid Adult Workers - An Application Using the Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (cat. no. 6293.0.00.005), ABS, Canberra.
Kalb, G. 2000, Occasional Paper: The Dynamics of Labour Market State and Benefit of Receipt - An Application Using the 1994-1997 Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (cat. no. 6293.0.00.004), ABS, Canberra.
King, A., Abello, A. & Pederson, D. 2000, Occasional Paper: Labour Market Dynamics in Australia - An Application Using the 1994-1997 Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (cat. no. 6293.0.00.006), ABS, Canberra.
Le, A.T. & Miller, P.W. 1999, Occasional Paper: A Risk Index Approach to Unemployment - An Application Using the Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (cat. no. 6293.0.00.001), ABS, Canberra.
Le, A.T. & Miller, P.W. 1999, Occasional Paper: Job Quality and Churning of the Pool of the Unemployed - An Application Using the Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (cat. no. 6293.0.00.003), ABS, Canberra.
Stromback, T. & Dockery, A. M. 2000, Occasional Paper: Labour Market Programs: Employment and Unemployment Hazards - An Application Using the 1994-1997 Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (cat. no. 6293.0.00.002), ABS, Canberra.

Data service

Unpublished tables are available on request. Customised tables are available in a variety of formats. A Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) covering all three years of the survey is available.

Release schedule

Results were published in the year following each wave, with the final publication incorporating data for all three years of the survey. Seven Occasional Papers, written by SEUP Research Fellows, have been published since the survey was finalised.

DATA ITEMS

Information collected from the survey are of two types: data items relating to point in time, and data items relating to a particular episode. A full list of data items are available in the publications listed above.

Labour market activity

Number, start/finish date, labour market characteristics and duration of:
  • Episodes of work
  • Episodes of looking for work
  • Episodes of absence from the labour market


Training

Number of in-house/external courses studied
Field of study
Duration of course
Course provider
Training outcome
Assistance with course


Current study

School attendance
Whether currently studying
Full-time/part-time study status
Type of educational institution attending
Level and field of qualification currently studying


General

Socio-demographic characteristics
Labour force status
Disability status
Housing
Geographic mobility
Family information
Income

Education

Educational attainment
Age left school
Field of highest qualification
Year and country in which highest qualification obtained


GEOGRAPHY

Data are available for Australia. Some data are available for each State and Territory, and Section of State (capital city, major urban, other urban, and rural).


METHOD OF COLLECTION

Recruitment of the initial sample for the survey and the collection of baseline socio-demographic characteristics commenced in April 1995. Following this, the sample was visited each September from 1995 to 1997.


TIMING OF COLLECTION

Reference Period

September 1994 to September 1997.

This reference period was split into 3 collection waves:
Wave 1 - 5 September 1994 to 3 September 1995;
Wave 2 - 4 September 1995 to 1 September 1996; and
Wave 3 - 2 September 1996 to 31 August 1997
.


Frequency of Collection

The Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns tracked the employment (or unemployment) history of the same group of people over three years, from September 1994 till September 1997.


Historical Data

This survey was only carried out once, therefore there is no historical data available.


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