WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE
ANNUAL BENCHMARKING OF MONTHLY HOURS WORKED
Each year in the July release of the labour force survey the monthly hours worked in all jobs series is benchmarked to an annual hours worked level. This year’s annual benchmarking has resulted in revisions to the monthly hours worked in all jobs series, with a shift in the level of around 1 per cent from 2012-13. Further information is detailed in Revisions to Monthly Hours Worked for all Jobs, in this issue.
For details on the modelling methodology used to produce these estimates, refer to the Information Paper: Expansion of Hours Worked Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2009 (cat. no. 6290.0.55.001).
CHANGES TO LABOUR FORCE OUTPUT FORMATS
Commencing with next month's detailed publication, the August 2016 issue of the Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001), the ABS plans to publish detailed Labour Force data in pivot table format, in addition to the existing suite of SuperTable data cube outputs.
Pivot tables will increase the accessibility of Labour Force data, as well as provide a long term replacement for the unsupported Summary Record Database (SRD) format. The ABS will continue to release the SRD data cubes for a further twelve months, to allow for a transition to pivot tables, after which the ABS intends to cease publishing Labour Force SRD data cubes.
With the November 2016 publication of the Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) , the ABS expects to commence a similar twelve month process to transition from SRD data cubes to pivot tables.
A similar transition for the GM1 data cube in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) will also commence, most likely in 2017.
The pivot table products will reflect the design and utility of the existing Summary Record Database (SRD) data cubes as closely as possible. In addition, the inclusion of a comma separated variable (CSV) source worksheet in each pivot table is expected to be of particular interest to people who undertake statistical analysis using a range of software.
NEW EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT DATA ITEMS
The following series are planned to be introduced with next month's, August 2016 issue of the Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) publication:
- Educational attainment; and
- Educational attendance for the whole civilian population.
The new outputs are the result of changes initially announced in the Information Paper: Outcomes of the Labour Household Surveys Content Review, 2012
(cat. no. 6107.0).
An article will be released in conjunction with these new quarterly outputs, to assist with the interpretation of the data.