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18/11/2009 Note: Replacement pdf. Minor corrections to amend two spelling mistakes: Notes section title amended to Revisions to Population Benchmarks; and commentary for Unemployed Persons: Trend Estimates - Females amended to reference females.
OCTOBER KEY POINTS
TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
CHANGES THIS MONTH
As foreshadowed in recent editions of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) the re-instatement of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) sample commenced in September and will continue until December 2009. Detailed information about the sample reinstatement is available in Information Paper: Labour force Survey Sample Design, Nov 2007 (Third edition) (cat. no. 6269.0).
REVISION TO POPULATION BENCHMARKS
In March 2009 the ABS released the September 2008 issue of Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0) detailing revisions to Net Overseas Migration (NOM) estimates. The revisions would normally have been included in population benchmarks underpinning the April 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
However, due to the significance of the revisions, updating the population benchmarks using the pre-existing methodology would have introduced statistical noise into the timeseries. The ABS has decided to redevelop its methodology to ensure a consistent timeseries.
The ABS will revise Labour Force Survey population benchmarks from November 2007 in mid 2010, and be inclusive of estimates in the September 2009 issue of Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0), to be released in March 2010.
The revisions will impact on level estimates, such as the number of persons employed and unemployed, but will have negligible impact on movement estimates or estimates of rates, such as the unemployment rate.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Wood on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email email@example.com
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