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6220.0 - Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2006  
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CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK


PERSONS NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE AGED 15 YEARS AND OVER

Persons not in the labour force can be divided into those who are marginally attached to the labour force, and those who are not. Persons who are marginally attached to the labour force may satisfy some, but not all, of the criteria required to be classified as unemployed.


Persons not in the labour force are considered to be marginally attached to the labour force if they:

  • want to work and are actively looking for work but are not available to start work in the reference week, or
  • want to work and are not actively looking for work but are available to start work within four weeks.

Persons not in the labour force are not marginally attached to the labour force if they:
  • do not want to work, or
  • want to work but are not actively looking for work and are not available to start work within four weeks.
Diagram: Contextual framework for persons not in the labour force

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