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6602.0 - Microdata: Longitudinal Labour Force, Australia, 2008-10 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/2012  First Issue
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Contents >> Month Identifiers >> First month of selection in survey [ABSFMTH]


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This identifier is an unique ID number for the first month that someone was selected to participate in the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

It has the same format as Survey month ID [ABSMID], where the last 2 digits relate to the calendar month and the leading digit or digits relate to the year.

Each person from a private dwelling has only one First month of selection in survey and it is the same for all records of data.

The First month of selection in survey may not necessarily be the same month as the first record of data, as the respondent may not have been available in the first month of selection, or the dwelling may have been vacant. This is revealed when comparing this identifier to Survey month ID.

Refer to Longitudinal structure for more information.

People in special dwellings (see Residence Status [URSTATC]) only have one record of data, and the First month of selection in survey is the same as the Survey month ID (i.e. the month that the data was collected). This is regardless of whether the actual dwelling itself was selected in prior months, as data collected from special dwellings are assembled as cross-sectional ('point-in-time') measurements at the Person level rather than the Household/Dwelling level (see Household ID [ABSHID]).




Frequency:Not applicable


June 2007
July 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
November 2010
December 2010

Related Information

Labour Force Survey Standard Products and Data Item Guide: Reference Week (cat. no. 6103.0)
Labour Force, Australia: Explanatory Notes - 3. Labour Force Survey (cat. no. 6202.0)
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods: 20. Labour Force Survey - 20.8 and 20.17 (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)

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