6220.0 - Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/03/2010   
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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 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:

  • wanted to work and were actively looking for work (but, unlike unemployed people, were not available to start work in the reference week), or
  • wanted to work and were not actively looking for work but were available to start work within four weeks.

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