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6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Oct 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/10/2003   
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FEATURE ARTICLE - LABOUR MARKET TRANSITIONS OF TEENAGERS
FEATURE ARTICLE - TECHNICAL REPORT: NEW LABOUR FORCE SURVEY SAMPLE SELECTIONS - ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECT ON ESTIMATES

LABOUR MARKET SUMMARY

KEY MEASURES
% change from
MeasureUnits
Period
Current figure
Previous quarter (a)
Previous year (b)

Employed - Trend
Persons'000
Aug 2003
9,496.1
-0.2
1.7
Full-time'000
Aug 2003
6,781.2
-0.1
1.4
Part-time'000
Aug 2003
2,714.9
-0.4
2.6
Part-time employment as a proportion of total employment%
Aug 2003
28.6
(c) -0.1
(c) 0.2
Unemployed - Trend
Persons'000
Aug 2003
608.3
-1.7
-1.5
Looking for full-time work'000
Aug 2003
456.0
-2.6
-0.4
Looking for part-time work'000
Aug 2003
152.3
1.2
-4.5
Unemployment rate - Trend
Persons%
Aug 2003
6.0
(c) -0.1
(c) -0.2
Long-term unemployment - Trend
Persons'000
Aug 2003
134.0
-1.5
-1.2
As a proportion of total unemployment%
Aug 2003
22.0
(c) 0.0
(c) 0.1
Labour force underutilisation rate - Original (d)
Extended labour force underutilisation rate - Original (d)
Proportion of children living in families where no parent is employed (of all children) (e)
Labour force participation rate - Trend
%
Sep 2002
11.9
na
-0.6
%
Sep 2002
13.0
na
-0.6
%
Jun 2003
17.2
na
-0.7
Persons%
Aug 2003
63.5
(c) -0.4
(c) -0.1
Actual hours worked - Original
Aggregate weekly hoursmill. hours
Aug 2003
327.5
-0.7
1.3
Average weekly hours - Personshours
Aug 2003
34.6
-0.0
-0.5
Average weekly hours - Full-timehours
Aug 2003
42.0
-0.3
-0.1
Average weekly hours - Part-timehours
Aug 2003
16.4
0.1
-1.4
Part-time workers - Original
Proportion who preferred to work more hours%
Aug 2003
25.4
(c) -0.3
(c) 0.2
Wage cost index - Original
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonusesindex no.
Jun qtr 2003
120.1
0.6
3.6
Average weekly earnings - Trend
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings$
May 2003
918.80
1.7
5.7
All employees total earnings$
May 2003
725.40
1.5
5.2
Compensation of employees - Trend
Household income account$m
Jun qtr 2003
92,084
1.5
6.6
Average earnings (National Accounts basis - nominal) per week$
Jun qtr 2003
881
0.8
2.8
Industrial disputes - Original
Working days lost'000
Jun qtr 2003
55.3
-16.5
-12.8
Working days lost per 1,000 employeesnumber
Jun qtr 2003
6.7
-16.4
-15.3
Job vacancies - Trend
Australia'000
Aug 2003
104.3
-1.7
5.1

Footnotes:
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) Children are aged under 15 years. See the Explanatory Notes for information on family data.

EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES

Graph - Full-time and total employment


Graph - Males and female employment


PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES


Graph - Proportion of total employment - males


Graph - Proportion of total employment - females


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: TREND SERIES


Graph - Unemployment rate for males and females


LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES


Graph - Proportion of total unemployment


UNDERUTILISED LABOUR


Graph - Labour underutilisation rates - 1994 to 2002


PARTICIPATION RATE: TREND SERIES


Graph - Persons


Graph - Males


Graph - Females


WAGE COST INDEX: ORIGINAL SERIES


Graph - Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses - quarterly change


AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: TREND SERIES


Graph - Full-time adult ordinary time earnings - quarterly change


Graph - All employees total earnings - level


INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: ORIGINAL SERIES


Graph - Working days lost


JOB VACANCIES: TREND SERIES


Graph - Job vacancies - by sector


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.


INTRODUCTION OF COMPUTER ASSISTED INTERVIEWING TO THE LFS

In October 2003, the ABS will begin the progressive implementation of computer assisted interviewing (CAI) into the Labour Force Survey (LFS). LFS interviewers currently record survey responses by hand onto a paper questionnaire; under CAI, interviewers will record responses directly into a laptop computer. Most other ABS household surveys currently use CAI. To minimise the chance of any impact on the labour force series from the change, the current questionnaire and procedures will be replicated as closely as possible under CAI.

Users will be informed of the progress of CAI implementation, including the results of impact studies, through updates in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).


FORMAT CHANGES TO INITIAL RELEASE LFS PRODUCTS

The format of the publication Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), and other products associated with the initial release of monthly data from the LFS, will be changing from the November 2003 issue.
These changes, including the revised layout of the publication, will be detailed in the second issue of Information Paper: Changes to Labour Force Survey Products (cat. no. 6297.0), scheduled to be released on 23 October 2003.


IMPROVEMENTS TO LFS SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT PROCESS

Concurrent seasonal adjustment will be introduced for the LFS from the December 2003 reference period. At the same time, other improvements will be made to the seasonal adjustment methodology to deal better with factors such as the moving January interview start date and other holiday proximity effects.

Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses original data up to and including the current time period to produce seasonally adjusted and trend series. Seasonally adjusted estimates from this method are usually closer on average to their final values, as any change in seasonality is picked up sooner. Revisions under this method are more frequent (e.g. every month for a monthly series), although the degree of revision is generally less than with the forward factor method of adjustment (where revisions are made annually).

An information paper explaining the changes is expected to be released in December 2003.


LFS STANDARD ERRORS

The publication Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Standard Errors (cat. no. 6298.0) is now due for release in late 2003. Accompanying the release of this paper will be the release, through the Labour Theme page, of a spreadsheet that automates the process of calculating standard errors for most estimates produced from the Labour Force Survey.


EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Results from the 2001-02 Employment Services Survey was released on 5 August 2003 in Employment Services, Australia (cat. no. 8558.0). This survey provides a measure of the financial and business structure of employment placement and contract staff services organisations operating in Australia.


INTERPRETING TIME SERIES

A comprehensive information paper A Guide to Interpreting Time Series - Monitoring Trends (cat. no. 1349.0) was released on 4 August 2003. It provides assistance in understanding ABS trend estimation methodology, and interpreting ABS time series. This paper is only available electronically, and is available free on the ABS web site. To find the information paper, go to <http//:www.abs.gov.au> (Publications - 1.3 Year books and other multi-subject products - 1349.0 Information Paper: A Guide to Interpreting Time Series - Monitoring Trends).


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 were recently released for two labour-related topics: Labour Force Experience, Australia (cat. no. 6206.0), and Career Experience, Australia (cat. no. 6254.0). Also available are detailed data cubes for labour force characteristics of families, for June 2003. These releases are outlined in the recent release section of this publication.


LFS ESTIMATES FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

The first Labour Force Survey estimates for Indigenous Australians were planned to be released in this issue. However, delays encountered in producing estimates using the new methodology have resulted in the estimates for 2002 being delayed until early 2004.

RECENT AND UPCOMING STATISTICAL RELEASES
Release date/title of publicationReference periodCatalogue number

October 2003
Australian Labour Market StatisticsOctober 20036105.0
Industrial Disputes, AustraliaJuly 20036321.0
General Social Survey, AustraliaMar to Jul 20024159.0
Information Paper: Changes to Labour Force Survey Products20036297.0
Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Standard Errors20036298.0
Labour Force, AustraliaSeptember 20036202.0
November 2003
Average Weekly Earnings, AustraliaAugust 20036302.0
Industrial Disputes, AustraliaAugust 20036321.0
Labour Force, AustraliaOctober 20036202.0
Wage Cost Index, AustraliaSeptember quarter 20036345.0
Workplace Functions in Regional Labour Markets, Queensland1976 to 20016601.3
December 2003
Education and Work, Australia May 20036227.0
Indigenous Social Survey, Australia20024714.0
Industrial Disputes, AustraliaSeptember 20036321.0
Labour Force, AustraliaNovember 20036202.0
Medical Labour Force, Australia20008908.0
January 2004
Australian Labour Market StatisticsJanuary 20046105.0
Industrial Disputes, AustraliaOctober 20036321.0
Job Vacancies, AustraliaNovember 20036354.0
Labour Force, AustraliaDecember 20036202.0
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, AustraliaSeptember 20036248.0



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