WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE
CHANGES TO LABOUR FORCE OUTPUTS
This note is essential for all clients who rely on the Labour Force spreadsheets and data cubes.
Commencing with the May 2015 issues (released in June 2015) of this publication, Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) and the detailed quarterly publication (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), the ABS will start publishing data as indicated in the Information Paper: Forthcoming Changes to Labour Force Statistics, October 2014 (cat . no. 6292.0).
The May 2015 issues will present data in new spreadsheets and data cubes according to the formats presented in the blank templates attached to the above information paper. On 28 May 2015 the ABS will publish data, as released in the April 2015 issues, in new format spreadsheets and data cubes attached to a new issue of the information paper (cat. no. 6292.0). At the same time the timetable attached to the information paper will be updated.
The release of the new format spreadsheets and data cubes with data as at April 2015 will allow users to fully test systems and become familiar with the new outputs before the official first release with the May 2015 issues (released in June 2015). Clients who rely on the Labour Force spreadsheets and data cubes are encouraged to use the templates to ensure that their processes can continue to access the correct data once the new outputs are implemented.
While the format of the outputs may change, the data released in the May 2015 issues will be the same as that released with the April 2015 issues, when rounded to the nearest person, apart from the usual revisions to the seasonally adjusted and trend estimates when the next observation is added.
Monthly underutilisation (original series only until 2017) will be included from the August 2015 issue of this publication. In addition, the following new items are currently planned for release in the August 2015 issue of the detailed quarterly publication (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003):
- Educational attainment
- Educational attendance for whole civilian population
- Volume measures of labour underutilisation
- Leave entitlements
- Sector of employment (public/private).
The new outputs result from a review conducted in 2010-11 of the labour household survey program. The outcomes of the review were announced in 2012 but implementation has been delayed while priority was given to investigations into recent Labour Force results, the annual seasonal reanalysis and comprehensive testing of the system producing the new outputs.
The front cover and commentary of the pdf will not change with the May 2015 issue but the pdf tables will reflect changes made to the spreadsheets. For further details around changes to tables in the pdf refer to the timetable attached to the information paper.