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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].


SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEYS ON LABOUR TOPICS

The Monthly Population Survey comprises the Labour Force Survey and a range of supplementary surveys, which provide detailed information on a range of topics. Results from supplementary surveys on labour-related topics recently released comprise: Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2009 (cat. no. 6220.0); and Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 2009 (cat. no. 6265.0).


RE-INSTATEMENT OF THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY SAMPLE

On 13 May 2009, following the Federal budget announcement of an additional $15m in funding for the ABS, the Australian Statistician announced the full re-instatement of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) sample.

The LFS re-instatement occurred progressively over four reference months, from September to December 2009. The December 2009 estimates, released on 14 January 2010, were the first under the fully re-instated sample. The reversal of the 24% reduction in sample size (the reduction was in place from July 2008 to August 2009) is expected to decrease standard errors by approximately 15%.

For further information on the sample re-instatement, refer to the information paper Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Nov 2007 (third edition) (cat. no. 6269.0), released on 1 October 2009. This paper discusses the expected sample size, the re-instated sampling fractions, and the impact of the sample re-instatement on labour force estimates and products and on associated surveys.


RE-INSTATEMENT OF THE JOB VACANCY SURVEY

As outlined in Information Paper: Reinstatement of Job Vacancies Survey (cat. no. 6354.0.55.001), the ABS reinstated the Job Vacancy Survey for the November 2009 period. Due to additional work in re-establishing the survey, data for November 2009 were not released in February, but were instead released with data for the February 2010 reference period (on 1 April 2010). It is expected that future issues of Job Vacancies, Australia (cat. no. 6354.0) will follow the previously established release timing.


FORMS OF EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CURF

The Forms of Employment Survey (FOES) provides data about the nature of employment arrangements in the Australian workforce. In particular, the November 2008 FOES was redeveloped to better capture information on independent contractors and other business operators. Information was also collected of people who found their current job through a labour hire firm/employment agency. The FOES provides information on a range of employment characteristics and arrangements, including fixed-term contracts, casual work, job flexibility and security, independent contracting, and the use of labour hire firms.

In January 2010, the Basic and Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) for FOES was released using data from the November 2008 survey. Information on the microdata within this CURF can be found in Labour Force Survey and Forms of Employment Survey, Australia: Basic and Expanded CURF, Technical Manual (cat. no. 6202.0.30.008). General information on CURFs, including how to obtain access to a CURF, can be found on the CURF Microdata Entry page.


AGGREGATE MONTHLY HOURS WORKED

On 6 August 2009, the ABS introduced a new measure of hours worked, namely aggregate monthly hours worked, which is the total number of hours worked in Australia in a calendar month. This new measure was introduced in an article 'Aggregate Monthly Hours Worked' in the July 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

The time series initially released commenced in July 1985, however the series has now been extended back to July 1978. In addition, aggregate monthly hours worked for full-time and part-time employed people has been developed. The extended time series, and full-time/part-time data by sex, were released in the February 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0). From the March 2010 issue, a quarterly measure of aggregate monthly hours worked by four industry sectors will also be available. These sectors are market (agriculture and rest of market) and non-market (education and rest of non-market). Investigations into producing data for states and territories, and age groups, are continuing. Refer to the article 'Expansion of aggregate monthly hours worked' in the January 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

For further information on the estimates, including the methodology used to calculate them, refer to Information Paper: Expansion of Hours Worked Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2009 (cat. no. 6290.0.55.001), released on 8 September 2009.


RELEASE OF LABOUR STATISTICS NEWS

Labour Statistics News (cat. no. 6106.0) was released on 25 February 2010. Labour Statistics News is released twice-yearly (in February and August) and provides users with insight into the ABS labour market statistics program, and informs on recent and upcoming statistical developments. Each issue features updates on current projects, recent highlights, articles and analysis on labour market issues, information on contacts in the ABS labour market statistics area and other related information. To subscribe to the newsletter please email "subscribe" to labour.statistics@abs.gov.au, or you may access the newsletter directly at <http://www.abs.gov.au>.


REVISION TO POPULATION BENCHMARKS

In March 2009, the ABS released the September 2008 issue of Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0), which included a description of revisions to Net Overseas Migration (NOM) estimates. The revisions of NOM estimates would normally have contributed to population benchmarks underpinning estimates in the April 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

However, due to the size of the revisions, updating the population benchmarks using the existing methodology would have introduced a large amount of statistical noise into the timeseries. The ABS has therefore decided to redevelop its methodology to improve the consistency of the timeseries.

The ABS will revise Labour Force Survey population benchmarks in mid 2010. These will use population estimates published in the September 2009 issue of Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0), released in March 2010. The revisions will affect estimates such as the number of persons employed and unemployed, but will have negligible effect on estimates of change or rates, such as the unemployment rate.


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RECENT AND UPCOMING STATISTICAL RELEASES

Release date/title of publication
Reference period
Catalogue number

March 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)April 2010
1350.0
Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product
(a)December 2009
5206.0
Australian Social Trends
(a)March 2010
4102.0
Business Indicators, Australia
December 2009
5676.0
Education and Work, Australia
May 2009
6227.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
December quarter 2009
6321.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia
February 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
February 2010
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly
February 2010
6291.0.55.003
Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia
September 2009
6220.0
April 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)May 2010
1350.0
Australian Labour Market Statistics
(a)April 2010
6105.0
Education and Training, State and Territory Tables, Australia
2009
6278.0.55.005
Forms of Employment, Australia
November 2009
6310.0
Job Vacancies, Australia
February 2010
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
March 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
March 2010
6291.0.55.001
May 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)June 2010
1350.0
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia
February 2010
6302.0
Business Indicators, Australia
March 2010
5676.0
Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia
August 2009
6310.0
Labour Force, Australia
April 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
April 2010
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Australia
2009
6287.0
Labour Price Index, Australia
March 2010
6345.0
Labour Statistics in Brief, Australia
2009
6104.0
Microdata: Education and Training, Basic CURF, Australia
2009
6278.0.55.002
Microdata: Education and Training, Expanded CURF, Australia
2009
6278.0.55.004
Technical Manual: Education and Training, CURF, Australia
2009
6278.0.55.001
Working Time Arrangements, Australia
November 2009
6342.0
June 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)July 2010
1350.0
Australian Social Trends
(a)June 2010
4102.0
Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product
March 2010
5206.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
March quarter 2010
6321.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia
May 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
May 2010
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly
May 2010
6291.0.55.003
July 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)August 2010
1350.0
Australian Labour Market Statistics
(a)July 2010
6105.0
Job Vacancies, Australia
May 2010
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
June 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
June 2010
6291.0.55.001

(a) Refers to the issue of publication, not the reference period.



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