Australian Bureau of Statistics
1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Dec 2010
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/12/2010 Final
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Do the Macarena
What about the macarena? It is another one of those dances that generally people of a certain age know all the steps, it’s a more modern dance and it’s a little bit nerdy, a bit like the biannual, Internet Activity (cat. no. 8153.0)! The macarena was pretty big in its heyday and likewise the Internet Activity enjoys media attention when it is released (keep your eye out for the December 2010 edition due out in March 2011).
Hip Hop Houses
Some groovy stats which move up and down like the hip hop style of dance are the building statistics. In fact the way the original figures in the monthly Building Approvals publication (cat. no. 8731.0) move up and down (as opposed to the steady trend series) it looks like they have got their own beat.
Other racy figures include the Retail Trade Statistics (cat. no. 8501.0). Like the building approvals statistics the original retail figures show a flurry of activity with regular highs and sweeping lows. However, I feel that as the statistics are to do with shopping and have that extra passion or buzz that comes from retail therapy, these statistics are more akin to the tango. The tango is a passionate and sexy dance – much like the figures in retail trade (the September figure for WA turnover is $2168.6m which is a very sexy figure).
CPI or KFC
Now I know what you are thinking – what about the Consumer Price Index (cat. no. 6401.0)? I haven’t mentioned this highly anticipated quarterly statistic, that is often in the news and linked to contracts and pay rises.What dance could possibly encapsulate such an important economic statistic? The answer is the chicken dance! Yes I know it seems odd because no one takes the chicken dance seriously, unlike the CPI, however whenever you go to weddings the chicken dance is certain to be played and it is important that we know the steps. Thankfully it is easy to pick up the steps just like it is easy to pick up the CPI figures.
However, unlike dancing, if you don’t know the correct statistics you can’t just make them up – check out the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au) or ring the National Information Referral Service (1300 135 070).
Not really known for her dancing although a bit of a groover.
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