Australian Bureau of Statistics
6220.0 - Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2002
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Actively looking for work
Available to start work within four weeks
Persons who were available to start work within four weeks or, for persons with children aged 12 years or under, could start work within four weeks if suitable childcare was available.
Did not want to work
Persons who were not classified as employed or unemployed who:
Persons with marginal attachment to the labour force who wanted to work and were available to start work within the next four weeks but whose main reason for not actively looking for work was that they believed they would not find a job for any of the following reasons:
Persons aged 15 and over who, during the reference week:
Two or more persons, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering; and who are usually resident in the same household. The basis of a family is formed by identifying the presence of a couple relationship, lone parent-child relationship or other blood relationship. Some households will, therefore, contain more than one family.
Family reasons for not actively looking for work
Includes ill health of a family member, child care and other family considerations.
Work involving 35 or more hours a week.
Had a job to go to
Includes persons who had a job but, up to the end of the reference week, had been away from work without pay for four weeks or longer and had not been actively looking for work. Also includes persons who had a job but had not yet started that job.
Any employment, full-time or part-time, lasting two weeks or more.
Persons who involuntarily ceased their last job.
Persons who voluntarily ceased their last job.
The civilian population can be split into two mutually exclusive groups: the labour force (employed and unemployed persons) and persons not in the labour force.
Main English-speaking countries
Comprises the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, the United States of America and New Zealand.
Marginal attachment to the labour force
Persons who were not in the labour force in the reference week, wanted to work and:
The criteria for determining those in the labour force are based on activity (i.e. working or looking for work) and availability to start work during the reference week. The criteria associated with marginal attachment to the labour force, in particular the concepts of wanting to work and reasons for not actively looking for work, are more subjective. Hence, the measurement against these criteria is affected by the respondent’s own interpretation of the concepts used. An individual respondent’s interpretation may be affected by their work aspirations, as well as family, economic and other commitments.
Occupation of last job
All occurrences of occupation in this publication refer to Major Group as defined by ASCO - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition (cat. no. 1220.0).
Work involving less than 35 hours a week.
Permanently not intending to work
Persons who said that they were permanently not intending to work.
Personal reasons for not actively looking for work
Includes own ill health or physical disability, pregnancy, attending an educational institution, had no need to work, to give others a chance, welfare payments or pension may be affected, moved house or on holidays.
Persons in the labour force
Persons who were classified as being in the labour force, that is, either employed or unemployed.
Persons not in the labour force
Persons who were not classified as employed or unemployed.
Persons not in the labour force for childcare reasons
Persons who wanted to work and:
Relationship in household
The relationship of persons who live in the same household.
Time since last job
The elapsed time since ceasing last job.
Persons who were not employed during the reference week, and:
Wanted to work
Persons who were not classified as employed or unemployed and who answered ‘yes’ or ‘maybe’ when asked if they would like a job.
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