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A large amount of effort has been put into defining and measuring work which is directly linked to economic production, because of the relevance of work to both social and economic issues. Labour statistics are important economic indicators; changes in measures of employment, unemployment, earnings, job vacancies and industrial disputes provide insights into the economy and the effects of labour market policy settings.
Employment statistics are also very much about people. Paid employment is a major source of personal finances and security for most individuals. Work can enhance a person's skills, social networks and identity, and allows individuals to contribute to their community.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts a monthly survey of households across Australia, to ascertain work-related characteristics of the Australian population. This regular Labour Force Survey provides important indicators of changing economic and human activity within each of the States and Territories. Data is published monthly in Labour Force, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 6202.0) and Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6203.0). In addition to employment information, much data is gained on a variety of other social issues from this regular survey of the Australian population, such as family characteristics and participation in education.
The average weekly earnings for Queensland employees, are published each quarter in Average Weekly Earnings, Australia (cat. no. 6302.0). This information is gained from a survey of employers.
Sources of information:
Qld Government sites:-
Office of Economic and Statistical Research (OESR)
Commonwealth Government sites:-
Employment and Workplace Relations
Community & Research websites:-
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
This page last updated 7 July 2006