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A Data Cube containing Types of Employment can be found in the July 2006 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 2007 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].



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: Child Employment, Australia (cat. no. 6211.0), Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0), Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6220.0) and Underemployed Workers, Australia (cat. no. 6265.0). See the recent releases in this issue for more details.



UPDATE OF THE ANNUAL MEASURES OF LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION

The annual measures of labour underutilisation have now been updated for 2006. 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 the ABS web site <http://www.abs.gov.au>, click on 'Access to all ABS products and statistics' and search by catalogue number. The spreadsheet can be found under the 'Details' tab in this April 2007 issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).



UPDATE OF TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP SPREADSHEET

The Trade Union Membership spreadsheet containing historical trade union membership data has been updated with 2006 data. To find the spreadsheet, go to the ABS web site <http://www.abs.gov.au>, click on 'Access to all ABS products and statistics' and search by catalogue number. The spreadsheet can be found under the 'Details' tab for catalogue number 6310.0, Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia.



NEW TIME SERIES SPREADSHEETS AVAILABLE

ABS has recently released a range of spreadsheets for the Labour Force Survey, the Persons Not in the Labour Force Survey, and the Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey. These spreadsheets are available free from the ABS web site.


The new Labour Force Survey spreadsheets contain historical data from 1966 to 1984 and provide a range of information including: labour force status by sex and marital status; participation rates by age and marital status; and the occupation and industry of employed people. To find the spreadsheets, go to the ABS web site <http://www.abs.gov.au>, click on 'Access to all ABS products and statistics' and search by catalogue number. The spreadsheets can be found under the 'Details' tab for catalogue number 6204.0.55.001, Labour Force Historical Timeseries, Australia.


The new Persons Not in the Labour Force Survey spreadsheets contain data from 1994 to 2006 and will be updated each year. The spreadsheets provide a range of information on the characteristics of people not in the labour force such as their main activity while not in the labour force and the main reason they are not looking for work. To find the spreadsheets, go to the ABS web site, click on 'Access to all ABS products and statistics' and search by catalogue number. The spreadsheets can be found under the 'Details' tab for catalogue number 6220.0, Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia.


The new Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership spreadsheets contain time series data of employee earnings from 1990 to 2006 and will be updated each year. The spreadsheets provide employee earnings cross-classified by a number of variables, including: sex, age, industry, occupation, full-time/part-time status and sector. To find the spreadsheets, go to the ABS web site, click on 'Access to all ABS products and statistics' and search by catalogue number. The spreadsheets can be found under the 'Details' tab for catalogue number 6310.0, Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia.



EMPLOYEE EARNINGS AND HOURS

Final results from the 2006 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH) were released on 28 February in the publication Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0). This survey collected information from a sample of employers about the earnings, hours paid for, methods of setting pay, and other selected characteristics of their employees.


Data from this survey on the methods used to set employees' pay is included in the spotlight section of this publication.



RELEASE OF ANZSCO AND ANZSIC06 DATA

In 2006 the ABS released the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (cat. no. 1220.0) and Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0). These products replaced the previous occupation and industry classifications. The ABS has been coding industry and occupation data from the Labour Force Survey to both the old and new classifications since August 2006, and will continue doing so until 2009. The ABS released six data cubes containing data based on the new classifications in March 2007. The data cubes currently contain data for August 2006, November 2006 and February 2007 and will be updated each quarter as additional data become available. To find the data cubes go to the ABS web site
<http://www.abs.gov.au>, click on 'Access to all ABS products and statistics' and search by catalogue number. The spreadsheets can be found under the 'Details' tab for catalogue number 6291.0.55.003, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly.



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Recent and upcoming statistical releases

Release date/title of publication
Reference period
Catalogue number

March 2007
Australian Economic Indicators
April 2007
1350.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
December quarter 2006
6321.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
February 2007
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
February 2007
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
February 2007
6202.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
February 2007
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Quarterly
February 2007
6291.0.55.003
Labour Force Historical Timeseries, Australia
1966-84
6204.0.55.001
Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia
September 2006
6220.0
Regional Wage & Salary Earner Statistics, Australia
2003-04
5673.0.55.001
Regional Wage & Salary Earner Statistics, Australia - Data Cubes
2003-04
5673.0.55.003
Wage & Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
December quarter 2006
6248.0.55.001
April 2007
Australian Economic Indicators
May 2007
1350.0
Australian Labour Market Statistics
April 2007
6105.0
Characteristics of Small Business, Australia
2005
8127.0
Employee Earnings, Benefits & Trade Union Membership, Australia
August 2006
6310.0
Forms of Employment, Australia
November 2006
6359.0
General Social Survey: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File
2006
4159.0.30.001
General Social Survey: Basic & Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual
2006
4159.0.30.003
General Social Survey: Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File
2006
4159.0.30.002
General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia
2006
4159.0
General Social Survey: User Guide, Australia
2006
4159.0.55.002
Labour Force, Australia
March 2007
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
March 2007
6202.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
March 2007
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force Survey & Labour Mobility, Australia: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File
February 2006
6202.0.30.004
Labour Force Survey & Labour Mobility, Australia: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual
February 2006
6202.0.30.005
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources & Methods (Update)
April 2007
6102.0.55.001
Measures of Australia's Progress: At A Glance
2007
1383.0.55.002
Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators
2007
1383.0.55.001
May 2007
Australian Economic Indicators
June 2007
1350.0
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia
February 2007
6302.0
Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Confidentialised Unit Record File
1998-99
6544.0.30.001
Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual
1998-99
6544.0
Household Expenditure Survey & Survey of Income & Housing - Confidentialised Unit Record Files (Second edition)
2003-04
6540.0
Household Expenditure Survey & Survey of Income & Housing - Confidentialised Unit Record Files, Technical Paper (Second edition)
2003-04
6540.0.00.001
Labour Force, Australia
April 2007
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
April 2007
6202.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
April 2007
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force Survey & Employee Earnings, Benefits & Trade Union Membership, Australia: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File
August 2006
6202.0.30.001
Labour Force Survey & Employee Earnings, Benefits & Trade Union Membership, Australia: Basic & Expanded CURF, Technical Manual
August 2006
6202.0.30.002
Labour Force Survey & Employee Earnings, Benefits & Trade Union Membership, Australia: Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File
August 2006
6202.0.30.003
Labour Price Index, Australia
March 2007
6345.0
Labour Statistics in Brief, Australia
2007
6104.0
Preferred Working Hours of Wage & Salary Earners, Australia
October 2006
6365.3
Voluntary Work, Australia
2006
4441.0
Working Time Arrangements, Australia
November 2006
6342.0
June 2007
Australian Economic Indicators
July 2007
1350.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
March quarter 2007
6321.0.55.001
Household Income & Income Distribution, Australia
2005-06
6523.0
Household Income & Income Distribution, Australia - Detailed Tables
2005-06
6523.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
May 2007
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
May 2007
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
May 2007
6202.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
May 2007
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Quarterly
May 2007
6291.0.55.003
Wage & Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
March quarter 2007
6248.0.55.001
July 2007
Australian Economic Indicators
Aug 2007
1350.0
Australian Labour Market Statistics
July 2007
6105.0
Australian Social Trends
2007
4102.0
Labour Force, Australia
June 2007
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets
June 2007
6202.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery, Monthly
June 2007
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status & Other Characteristics of Families - Electronic Delivery
June 2007
6224.0.55.001
Labour Force Experience, Australia
February 2007
6206.0
Survey of Income & Housing - Confidentialised Unit Record File
2005-06
6541.0.30.001
Survey of Income & Housing - Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual
2005-06
6541.0

NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
July 2007 6 July 2007
October 2007 5 October 2007
January 2008 4 January 2008


DATA CONTAINED IN THIS ISSUE

The statistics shown are the latest available at 22 March 2007. 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 - 6. Labour Statistics and Prices].



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 call (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 2007
10 350.4
0.5
2.9
Full-time '000
Trend
Feb 2007
7 398.9
0.6
3.0
Part-time '000
Trend
Feb 2007
2 951.5
0.3
2.4
Part-time employment as a proportion of total employment %
Trend
Feb 2007
28.5
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.1
Unemployed
Persons '000
Trend
Feb 2007
495.9
-1.0
-9.2
Looking for full-time work '000
Trend
Feb 2007
350.8
-1.8
-8.7
Looking for part-time work '000
Trend
Feb 2007
145.0
0.8
-10.5
Unemployment rate
Persons %
Trend
Feb 2007
4.6
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.6
Long-term unemployment
Persons '000
Trend
Feb 2007
83.1
-1.9
-16.7
As a proportion of total unemployment %
Trend
Feb 2007
16.8
(c)-0.2
(c)-1.5
Annual labour underutilisation rates(d)
Long-term unemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2006
0.8
na
(c)-0.1
Unemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2006
4.8
na
(c)-0.4
Underemployment rate %
Original
Sep 2006
5.0
na
(c)-0.3
Labour force underutilisation rate %
Original
Sep 2006
9.8
na
(c)-0.7
Extended labour force underutilisation rate %
Original
Sep 2006
10.6
na
(c)-0.9
Children living without an employed parent(e) %
Original
Jun 2006
14.4
na
(c)-0.5
Labour force participation rate
Persons aged 15-64 years %
Original
Feb 2007
76.4
(c)0.9
(c)0.4
Total %
Trend
Feb 2007
64.8
(c)0.0
(c)0.4
Actual hours worked
Aggregate weekly hours mill. hours
Original
Feb 2007
360.3
1.9
3.1
Average weekly hours - Persons hours
Original
Feb 2007
34.9
1.4
0.2
Average weekly hours - Full-time hours
Original
Feb 2007
41.7
0.8
0.0
Average weekly hours - Part-time hours
Original
Feb 2007
17.0
1.2
0.9
Part-time workers
Proportion who preferred to work more hours %
Original
Feb 2007
24.7
(c)1.5
(c)-0.7
Wage price index
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses index no.
Trend
Jun qtr 2006
109.7
1.0
4.1
Average weekly earnings
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings $
Trend
Nov 2006
1 058.90
0.7
3.0
All employees total earnings $
Trend
Nov 2006
846.70
0.9
4.4
Compensation of employees
Household income account $m
Trend
Dec qtr 2006
122 154
1.9
7.3
Average earnings (National Accounts basis nominal) per week $
Trend
Dec qtr 2006
1 035
1.1
4.0
Industrial disputes
Working days lost '000
Original
Dec qtr 2006
54.2
168.4
-33.1
Working days lost per 1,000 employees number
Original
Dec qtr 2006
6.0
164.5
-34.9
Job vacancies
Australia '000
Trend
Feb 2007
161.8
1.1
12.8

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 - 1996-2006
Graph: Labour underutilisation rates—1996–2006




PARTICIPATION RATE: TREND SERIES

Persons
Graph: Trend participation rate

Males
Graph: Trend participation rate of males

Females
Graph: Trend participation rate of females




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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