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6202.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets, Sep 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/10/2008   
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Standard Errors

Estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are based on information collected from people in a sample of dwellings, rather than the entire population. Hence the estimates produced may differ from those that would have been produced if the entire population had been included in the survey. The most common measure of the likely difference (or 'sampling error') is the standard error (SE). New models for calculating standard errors for these estimates were introduced in July 2008, due to the 2008 sample reduction.

The ABS considers that estimates with a relative standard error of 25% or more may be subject to sampling variability too high for most practical purposes.

To indicate those cells in the spreadsheets with a relative standard error of 25% or more, annotations have been applied prior to dissemination.

In addition, the table below has been supplied to show estimates at which the relative standard error is 25%. Estimates of the size indicated in the tables, or smaller, are considered to be subject to sampling variability too high for most practical purposes.

For additional information on LFS standard errors see Labour Force Survey Standard Errors, Data Cube (cat. no. 6298.0.55.001) and the Explanatory Notes tab in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).



State
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Employed
Feb 78 to Sep 82
4.5
4.5
3.5
2.5
2.5
1.5
2.0
2.0
4.5
Oct 82 to Aug 87
4.0
4.0
3.0
1.8
2.0
1.0
1.8
1.3
3.5
Sep 87 to Aug 92
4.5
4.5
3.0
2.0
2.5
1.3
1.8
1.5
4.0
Sep 92 to Aug 97
5.3
4.6
3.5
2.4
2.9
1.3
1.3
1.0
4.0
Sep 97 to Mar 01
5.9
4.5
4.1
2.4
2.8
1.1
1.0
1.1
4.4
Apr 01 to Oct 07
4.9
4.1
3.7
2.0
2.3
1.1
1.4
1.1
4.9
Nov 07
5.0
4.1
3.8
2.0
2.4
1.2
1.3
1.1
5.0
Dec 07
5.0
4.2
3.9
2.0
2.4
1.2
1.2
1.1
5.0
Jan 08
5.1
4.3
3.9
2.1
2.5
1.2
1.2
1.2
5.1
Feb 08
5.2
4.4
4.0
2.1
2.6
1.2
1.1
1.2
5.1
Mar 08
5.4
4.4
4.1
2.1
2.9
1.2
1.0
1.2
5.2
Apr 08
5.5
4.6
4.5
2.2
3.0
1.2
0.9
1.3
5.3
May 08
5.5
4.7
4.5
2.3
3.1
1.3
0.9
1.3
5.4
Jun 08
5.6
4.8
4.6
2.3
3.2
1.3
0.9
1.3
5.4
Jul 08 onwards
7.0
6.0
5.7
2.9
4.0
1.6
1.0
1.6
7.7
Unemployed
Feb 78 to Sep 82
4.5
4.5
3.5
2.5
2.5
1.5
2.0
2.0
4.5
Oct 82 to Aug 87
4.0
4.0
3.0
1.8
2.0
1.0
1.8
1.3
3.5
Sep 87 to Aug 92
4.5
4.5
3.0
2.0
2.5
1.3
1.8
1.5
4.0
Sep 92 to Aug 97
5.3
4.6
3.5
2.4
2.9
1.3
1.3
1.0
4.0
Sep 97 to Mar 01
5.9
4.5
4.1
2.4
2.8
1.1
1.0
1.1
4.4
Apr 01 to Oct 07
5.7
4.9
4.2
2.7
3.0
1.7
2.4
1.5
4.7
Nov 07
5.8
5.0
4.3
2.8
3.2
1.7
2.2
1.6
4.8
Dec 07
5.9
5.1
4.4
2.8
3.3
1.7
1.9
1.6
4.8
Jan 08
6.0
5.3
4.5
2.9
3.4
1.7
1.8
1.7
4.9
Feb 08
6.2
5.4
4.7
3.0
3.6
1.8
1.6
1.7
4.9
Mar 08
6.4
5.5
4.8
3.0
3.9
1.8
1.5
1.8
5.0
Apr 08
6.5
5.8
5.2
3.2
4.1
1.8
1.4
1.9
5.1
May 08
6.6
5.9
5.3
3.3
4.3
1.9
1.3
2.0
5.2
Jun 08
6.8
6.1
5.5
3.3
4.5
1.9
1.3
2.1
5.2
Jul 08 onwards
8.9
8.0
7.3
4.4
6.0
2.5
1.6
2.7
7.5
NILF
Feb 78 to Sep 82
4.5
4.5
3.5
2.5
2.5
1.5
2.0
2.0
4.5
Oct 82 to Aug 87
4.0
4.0
3.0
1.8
2.0
1.0
1.8
1.3
3.5
Sep 87 to Aug 92
4.5
4.5
3.0
2.0
2.5
1.3
1.8
1.5
4.0
Sep 92 to Aug 97
5.3
4.6
3.5
2.4
2.9
1.3
1.3
1.0
4.0
Sep 97 to Mar 01
5.9
4.5
4.1
2.4
2.8
1.1
1.0
1.1
4.4
Apr 01 to Oct 07
5.9
4.8
4.4
2.5
2.9
1.3
1.8
1.3
5.3
Nov 07
6.0
4.9
4.5
2.5
3.0
1.4
1.7
1.4
5.3
Dec 07
6.1
5.0
4.5
2.6
3.0
1.4
1.6
1.4
5.4
Jan 08
6.2
5.1
4.6
2.6
3.1
1.4
1.5
1.4
5.4
Feb 08
6.2
5.2
4.7
2.7
3.2
1.4
1.4
1.5
5.5
Mar 08
6.6
5.4
4.8
2.7
3.6
1.4
1.2
1.5
5.6
Apr 08
6.7
5.6
5.3
2.9
3.7
1.5
1.1
1.6
5.7
May 08
6.8
5.7
5.5
2.9
3.9
1.5
1.1
1.6
5.8
Jun 08
6.9
5.9
5.6
3.0
4.0
1.5
1.0
1.7
5.8
Jul 08 onwards
8.7
7.4
7.1
3.7
5.1
1.9
1.3
2.0
8.3


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