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A Data Cube containing Types of Employment can be found in the July 2005 issue from the Details tab and under Past & Future Releases tab above.

A Data Cube containing Measures of Labour Underutilisation can be found in this April 2006 issue from the Details tab.




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).



FREE DATA ON THE WEB

The entire content of the ABS web site became accessible free of charge from Monday 12 December 2005. This follows all ABS publications becoming accessible free of charge on 1 July 2005. A web page with more information is now available: <http://www.abs.gov.au/about/ABS pricing policy>.



CHANGE OF CATALOGUE NUMBER

From the February 2006 issue, the quarterly components of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery will be released under a new product number (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003). The monthly component will remain the same at 6291.0.55.001, with the annual data available under 6224.0.55.001.



TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP

A datacube (spreadsheet) containing historical trade union membership data cross-classified with sex and state; sex and age; and sex and industry, is now available. To find the spreadsheet, go to the ABS web site and click on 'Access to all ABS products and statistics' and search by catalogue number. The datacube <63100_Trade Union_Aug 2005.xls> is listed under the details tab for Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, August 2005 (cat. no. 6310.0).



MULTI PURPOSE HOUSEHOLD SURVEY

The Multi Purpose Household Survey was introduced in 2004-05. This survey provides statistics annually for a number of small, self-contained topics, including labour topics. Two labour-related topics were conducted in 2004-05: a topic on retirement and a topic covering labour force participation. Retirement and Retirement Intentions (cat. no. 6238.0) and Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation (cat. no. 6239.0) were released on 6 February 2006. See the Recent Releases in this issue for more details.



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 surveys on labour-related topics recently released include: Persons not in the Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6220.0); Underemployed Workers, Australia (cat. no. 6265.0); and Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0). The results of these surveys are outlined in the Recent Releases section in this issue.



UPDATE OF THE ANNUAL MEASURES OF LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION

The annual measures of labour underutilisation have now been updated for 2005. The data for the annual headcount measures are presented in tables 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 of this publication. The experimental volume measures are presented in the spotlight section of this publication. A spreadsheet containing the headcount measures is available from the ABS web site. To find the spreadsheet go to <http:/www.abs.gov.au> [Statistics - By Catalogue Number - 6. Labour Statistics and Prices - 61. Labour statistics - general]. The spreadsheet is listed under the Details tab in this April 2006 issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).



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Recent and upcoming statistical releases

Release date/title of publication
Reference period
Catalogue number

March 2006
Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia
August 2005
6310.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
December quarter 2005
6321.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
February 2006
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
February 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
February 2006
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Quarterly
February 2006
6291.0.55.003
Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia
September 2005
6220.0
Underemployed Workers, Australia
September 2005
6265.0
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
December quarter 2005
6248.0.55.001
April 2006
Australian Labour Market Statistics
April 2006
6105.0
Characteristics of Small Business, Australia
2005
8127.0
Labour Force, Australia
March 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
March 2006
6291.0.55.001
Measures of Australia's Progress
2006
1370.0
Survey of Education and Work, Australia, Confidentialised Unit Record File on CD-ROM
May 2005
6227.0.30.001
Survey of Education and Work, Australia, Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Paper
May 2005
6227.0.30.002
May 2006
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia
February 2006
6302.0
Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing - Confidentialised Unit Record Files
2003-04
6540.0
Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing - Confidentialised Unit Record Files, Technical Paper
2003-04
6540.0.00.001
Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide
2003-04
6503.0
Labour Force, Australia
April 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
April 2006
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Experimental Estimates from the Labour Force Survey
2005
6287.0
Labour Price Index, Australia
March quarter 2006
6345.0
Labour Statistics in Brief, Australia
2006
6104.0
Locations of Work, Australia
Nov 2005
6275.0
Multi-Purpose Household Survey 2004-05, Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File
2004-05
4100.0.55.001
Multi-Purpose Household Survey 2004-05, Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Paper
2004-05
4100.0
June 2006
Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register, Counts of Businesses - Summary Tables
June 2005
8161.0.55.001
Industrial Disputes, Australia
March quarter 2006
6321.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
May 2006
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
May 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
May 2006
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Quarterly
May 2006
6291.0.55.003
Labour Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods
2005
6351.0.55.001
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
March quarter 2006
6248.0.55.001
July 2006
ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
2006
1220.0
Australian Labour Market Statistics
July 2006
6105.0
Australian Social Trends
2006
4102.0
Labour Force, Australia
June 2006
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
June 2006
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families - Electronic delivery
June 2006
6224.0.55.001

NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
July 2006 7 July 2006
October 2006 6 October 2006
January 2007 5 January 2007
April 2007 5 April 2007



DATA CONTAINED IN THIS ISSUE

The statistics shown are the latest available at 30 March 2006. Data sources for the tables in this publication are listed in Appendix 1.



ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

The spreadsheets and data cubes referenced in this publication are available on the ABS web site at <http://www.abs.gov.au> [Access to all ABS products & statistics - By Catalogue Number - 62. Labour Force], then [6291.0.55.001 for data cubes] or [6291.0.40.001 for spreadsheets].



INQUIRIES

For information about other Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistics and services, please refer to the back of this publication.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Assistant Director, Labour Market Statistics on Canberra (02) 6252 7636.


LABOUR MARKET SUMMARY


KEY MEASURES

% change from
Measure
Series type
Period
Current figure
Previous quarter(a)
Previous year(b)

Employed
Persons '000
Trend
Feb 2006
10 041.2
0.1
1.4
Full-time '000
Trend
Feb 2006
7 172.2
0.4
1.4
Part-time '000
Trend
Feb 2006
2 868.9
-0.5
1.4
Part-time employment as a proportion of total employment %
Trend
Feb 2006
28.6
(c)-0.2
(c)0.0
Unemployed
Persons '000
Trend
Feb 2006
554.2
1.7
3.9
Looking for full-time work '000
Trend
Feb 2006
393.4
1.8
3.1
Looking for part-time work '000
Trend
Feb 2006
160.8
1.3
5.7
Unemployment rate
Persons %
Trend
Feb 2006
5.2
(c)0.1
(c)0.1
Long-term unemployment
Persons '000
Trend
Feb 2006
101.4
3.8
4.2
As a proportion of total unemployment %
Trend
Feb 2006
18.3
(c)0.4
(c)0.0
Annual labour underutilisation rates(d)
Long-term unemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2005
0.9
na
(c)-0.3
Unemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2005
5.1
na
(c)-0.4
Underemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2005
5.3
na
(c)-0.2
Labour force underutilisation rate %
Original
Sep 2005
10.5
na
(c)-0.6
Extended labour force underutilisation rate %
Original
Sep 2005
11.4
na
(c)-0.7
Children living without an employed parent(e) %
Original
Jun 2005
14.9
na
(c)-2.3
Labour force participation rate
Persons aged 15-64 years %
Original
Feb 2006
76.0
(c)0.9
(c)0.5
Total %
Trend
Feb 2006
64.4
(c)-0.1
(c)0.2
Actual hours worked
Aggregate weekly hours mill. hours
Original
Feb 2006
349.3
1.9
0.5
Average weekly hours - Persons hours
Original
Feb 2006
34.8
1.7
-1.1
Average weekly hours - Full-time hours
Original
Feb 2006
41.7
0.9
-1.1
Average weekly hours - Part-time hours
Original
Feb 2006
16.8
1.9
-0.7
Part-time workers
Proportion who preferred to work more hours %
Original
Feb 2006
25.4
(c)0.5
(c)-0.9
Wage price index
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses index no.
Trend
Dec qtr 2005
107.5
1.0
4.2
Average weekly earnings
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings $
Trend
Nov 2005
1 029.50
1.0
5.5
All employees total earnings $
Trend
Nov 2005
810.60
0.9
5.4
Compensation of employees
Household income account $m
Trend
Dec qtr 2005
113 285
1.8
7.5
Average earnings (National Accounts basis nominal) per week $
Trend
Dec qtr 2005
987
1.4
4.4
Industrial disputes
Working days lost '000
Original
Dec qtr 2005
81.0
64.1
56.0
Working days lost per 1,000 employees number
Original
Dec qtr 2005
9.3
61.9
51.8
Job vacancies
Australia '000
Trend
Feb 2006
137.6
0.0
-3.4

na not available
(a) Same period previous quarter (monthly data is presented for the middle month of each quarter).
(b) Same period previous year.
(c) Change is in percentage points.
(d) See table 4.1 or the Glossary for further explanation of labour underutilisation rates.
(e) As a proportion of all children aged under 15 years. See the Explanatory Notes for information on family data.



EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES

Full-time and total employment
Graph: Trend full-time and total employment
Males and females
Graph: Trend employment for males and females




PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Proportion of total employment, Males
Graph: Trend male part-time employment as a proportion of total male employment
Proportion of total employment, Females
Graph: Trend female part-time employment as a proportion of total female employment




UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: TREND SERIES
Males and females
Graph: Trend unemployment rate for males and females




LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Proportion of total unemployment
Graph: Long-term unemployment as a proportion of total unemployment, males and females




UNDERUTILISED LABOUR
Labour underutilisation rates - 1995-2005
Graph: Labour underutilisation rates—1995–2005




PARTICIPATION RATE: TREND SERIES
Persons
Graph: Trend participation rate
Males
Graph: Trend participation rate of males
Females
Graph: Trend participation rate of females




WAGE PRICE INDEX: TREND SERIES
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses, Quarterly change
Graph: Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses, Quarterly change




AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: TREND SERIES
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings, Quarterly change
Graph: Quarterly change in full-time adult ordinary time earnings
All employees total earnings, Level
Graph: All employees total earnings, level




INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: ORIGINAL SERIES
Working days lost, Quarter ending
Graph: Working days lost Quarter ending




JOB VACANCIES: TREND SERIES
Job vacancies, By sector
Graph: Job vacancies by sector




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