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6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Oct 2006  
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A Data Cube containing Types of Employment can be found in the July 2006 issue from the Details tab and under Past & Future Releases tab above.

A Data Cube containing Measures of Labour Underutilisation can be found in the April 2006 issue from the Details tab.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
January 2007 5 January 2007
April 2007 5 April 2007
July 2007 6 July 2007



DATA CONTAINED IN THIS ISSUE

The statistics shown are the latest available at 22 September 2006. Data sources for the tables in this publication are listed in Appendix 1.



ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

The spreadsheets and data cubes referenced in this publication are available on the ABS web site at <http://www.abs.gov.au> [Access to all ABS products & statistics - By Catalogue Number - 6. Labour Statistics and Prices].



INQUIRIES

For information about other Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistics and services, please refer to the back of this publication.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or the Assistant Director, Labour Market, on Canberra (02) 6252 7636.



LABOUR STATISTICS NEWS


LABOUR THEME PAGE

The ABS Labour Theme Page, available on the ABS web site, provides a guide to the range of ABS statistics on the labour market, as well as links to the latest data released. To find the Theme Page, go to <http://www.abs.gov.au> [Themes - People - Labour].



FREE DATA ON THE WEB

All ABS statistics can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS web site. This follows all ABS publications becoming accessible free of charge on 1 July 2005. A web page with more information and frequently asked questions is now available: <http://www.abs.gov.au/about/pricing>.



CHANGE OF CATALOGUE NUMBER

Beginning with the February 2006 issue, the quarterly components of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery are being released under a new product number (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003). The monthly component will remain the same at 6291.0.55.001, with the annual data available under 6224.0.55.001.



MEASURING CHANGES IN LABOUR COSTS

The quarterly national accounts publication for June quarter 2006, Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0), contained a feature article on measuring changes in labour costs. The feature article examines the definitions of various labour cost measures and the links between them, highlighting issues of interpretation. It discusses the links between wages and productivity and defines measures of unit labour costs (ULC) and real unit labour costs (RULC). The theory and results presented in the article indicate that a ULC measure for Australia gives results similar to the wage price index adjusted for labour productivity with the differences being mostly due to compositional effects. The article is available on the ABS web site, at <http://www.abs.gov.au>.



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Recent and upcoming statistical releases

Release date/title of publication
Reference period
Catalogue number

September 2006
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), First Edition
2006
1220.0
Australian Economic Indicators
October 2006
1350.0
Australian Economic Indicators Glossary
2006
1350.0.55.001
Industrial Disputes, Australia
June quarter 2006
6321.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
August 2006
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
August 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
August 2006
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Quarterly
August 2006
6291.0.55.003
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
August 2006
6202.0.55.001
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
June quarter 2006
6248.0.55.001
Information Paper: Changes to ABS Measures of Employee Remuneration
2006
6313.0
October 2006
Australian Economic Indicators
November 2006
1350.0
Australian Labour Market Statistics
October 2006
6105.0
Labour Force, Australia
September 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
September 2006
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
September 2006
6202.0.55.001
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods
August 2006
6102.0.55.001
Pregnancy and Work Transitions, Australia
November 2005
4913.0
November 2006
Australian Economic Indicators
December 2006
1350.0
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia
August 2006
6302.0
Labour Force, Australia
October 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
October 2006
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
October 2006
6202.0.55.001
Labour Price Index, Australia
September 2006
6345.0
Pregnancy and Work Transitions, Australia Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File
November 2005
4913.0.55.001
Pregnancy and Work Transitions, Australia Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual
November 2005
4913.0.55.002
December 2006
Education and Work, Australia
May 2006
6227.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
September quarter 2006
6321.0.55.001
Job Search Experience, Australia
July 2006
6222.0
Labour Force, Australia
November 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
November 2006
6202.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
November 2006
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Quarterly
November 2006
6291.0.55.003
Labour Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods
2005
6351.0.55.001
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
September quarter 2006
6248.0.55.001
Work-Related Injuries, Australia
2005-06
6324.0
January 2007
Australian Economic Indicators
January 2007
1350.0
Australian Labour Market Statistics
January 2007
6105.0
Job Vacancies, Australia
November 2006
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
December 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
December 2006
6202.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
December 2006
6291.0.55.001
Year Book, Australia
2007
1301.0



LABOUR MARKET SUMMARY


KEY MEASURES

% change from
Measure
Series type
Period
Current figure
Previous quarter(a)
Previous year(b)

Employed
Persons '000
Trend
Aug 2006
10 252.6
1.0
2.2
Full-time '000
Trend
Aug 2006
7 316.4
1.0
2.2
Part-time '000
Trend
Aug 2006
2 936.2
1.0
2.2
Part-time employment as a proportion of total employment %
Trend
Aug 2006
28.6
(c)0.0
(c)0.0
Unemployed
Persons '000
Trend
Aug 2006
518.4
-2.1
-3.1
Looking for full-time work '000
Trend
Aug 2006
364.1
-1.8
-3.5
Looking for part-time work '000
Trend
Aug 2006
154.3
-2.7
-2.2
Unemployment rate
Persons %
Trend
Aug 2006
4.8
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.3
Long-term unemployment
Persons '000
Trend
Aug 2006
93.9
-3.2
1.9
As a proportion of total unemployment %
Trend
Aug 2006
18.1
(c)-0.2
(c)0.9
Annual labour underutilisation rates(d)
Long-term unemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2005
0.9
na
(c)-0.3
Unemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2005
5.1
na
(c)-0.4
Underemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2005
5.3
na
(c)-0.2
Labour force underutilisation rate %
Original
Sep 2005
10.5
na
(c)-0.6
Extended labour force underutilisation rate %
Original
Sep 2005
11.4
na
(c)-0.7
Children living without an employed parent(e) %
Original
Jun 2006
14.4
na
(c)-0.5
Labour force participation rate
Persons aged 15-64 years %
Original
Aug 2006
75.5
(c)-0.3
(c)0.4
Total %
Trend
Aug 2006
65.0
(c)0.4
(c)0.4
Actual hours worked
Aggregate weekly hours mill. hours
Original
Aug 2006
352.5
0.0
1.7
Average weekly hours - Persons hours
Original
Aug 2006
34.7
-0.3
-0.2
Average weekly hours - Full-time hours
Original
Aug 2006
41.9
-0.2
-0.2
Average weekly hours - Part-time hours
Original
Aug 2006
16.9
0.1
-0.2
Part-time workers
Proportion who preferred to work more hours %
Original
Aug 2006
24.3
(c)0.0
(c)0.4
Wage price index
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses index no.
Trend
Aug qtr 2006
109.7
1.0
4.1
Average weekly earnings
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings $
Trend
May 2006
1 043.00
0.7
3.5
All employees total earnings $
Trend
May 2006
829.00
1.2
4.4
Compensation of employees
Household income account $m
Trend
Jun qtr 2006
116 666
1.6
6.8
Average earnings (National Accounts basis nominal) per week $
Trend
Jun qtr 2006
1 006
1.1
4.7
Industrial disputes
Working days lost '000
Original
Jun qtr 2006
27.9
-7.4
-47.3
Working days lost per 1,000 employees number
Original
Jun qtr 2006
3.1
-8.8
-48.5
Job vacancies
Australia '000
Trend
Aug 2006
156.7
3.8
13.6

na not available
(a) Same period previous quarter (monthly data is presented for the middle month of each quarter).
(b) Same period previous year.
(c) Change is in percentage points.
(d) See table 4.1 or the Glossary for further explanation of labour underutilisation rates.
(e) As a proportion of all children aged under 15 years. See the Explanatory Notes for information on family data.



EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES

Full-time and total employment
Graph: Trend full-time and total employment


Males and females
Graph: Trend employment for males and females




PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES

Proportion of total employment, Males
Graph: Trend male part-time employment as a proportion of total male employment


Proportion of total employment, Females
Graph: Trend female part-time employment as a proportion of total female employment




UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: TREND SERIES

Males and females
Graph: Trend unemployment rate for males and females




LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES

Proportion of total unemployment
Graph: Long-term unemployment as a proportion of total unemployment, males and females




UNDERUTILISED LABOUR

Labour underutilisation rates - 1995-2005
Graph: Labour underutilisation rates—1995–2005




PARTICIPATION RATE: TREND SERIES

Persons
Graph: Trend participation rate


Males
Graph: Trend participation rate of males


Females
Graph: Trend participation rate of females




WAGE PRICE INDEX: TREND SERIES

Total Hourly Rates of Pay Excluding Bonuses, Quarterly change
Graph: Total Hourly Rates of Pay Excluding Bonuses, Quarterly change




AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: TREND SERIES

Full-time adult ordinary time earnings, Quarterly change
Graph: Quarterly change in full-time adult ordinary time earnings


All employees total earnings, Level
Graph: All employees total earnings, level




INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: ORIGINAL SERIES

Working days lost, Quarter ending
Graph: Working days lost Quarter ending




JOB VACANCIES: TREND SERIES

Job vacancies, By sector
Graph: Job vacancies by sector







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