2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016  
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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Labour Force Status (LFSP)

Labour Force Status (LFSP)

This is a derived variable applicable to all people aged 15 years and over. It classifies people as employed working full-time, part-time or away from work, unemployed looking for full-time work, looking for part-time work, or not in the labour force. The category 'Employed, away from work' also includes persons who stated they worked but who did not state the number of hours worked.

Labour Force Status (LFSP) is derived using responses to questions on:
  • full/part-time job
  • job last week
  • hours worked
  • looking for work and
  • availability to start work.

The derivation methodology takes into account answers to these questions to derive the most appropriate Labour Force Status.

A minor change was made to the format of the question about active job seeking to emphasise and clarify the 'active' component. People who are only Community Development Programme (CDP) participants are classified as not employed (i.e. either unemployed or not in the labour force) when attributed a Labour Force Status in the 2016 Census.

See also Community Development Programme (CDP), Contributing family worker, Employee, Labour force.

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