6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, July 2014  
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WHAT'S NEW?

Welcome to the latest issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0), a product which keeps you informed about key labour market measures and the latest developments in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour statistics program.


WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE?


This issue highlights news from the ABS labour statistics program, including:

  • Changes to Labour Force Statistics;
  • Revision to active job search steps;
  • Changes to ABS labour supplementary surveys;
  • Rebenchmarking Labour Force Statistics to the 2011 Census of Population and Housing; and
  • Review of Industrial Disputes Statistics.

See the Labour Statistics News page for more details on these developments.

Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0) includes three datacubes which provide supplementary information on labour force underutilisation (volume and extended measures), and employment type:
  • Volume measures have been updated in this issue with 2013 data. The data for 2003 to 2012 have been revised to incorporate the rebasing of labour force estimates to the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. There has been a minor improvement to the methodology used to derive these measures, however this resulted in no noticeable impact on the measures.
  • Extended measures have been updated in this issue with 2013 data. The data for 1994 to 2012 have been revised to incorporate the rebasing of labour force estimates to the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. There has also been a minor change to the methodology for deriving the extended labour force underutilisation rate from 1994 to 2000. The impact of this change was minor.
  • Employment type has been updated in this issue with 2013 data.

This issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics includes four feature articles:
  • How does the ABS measure unemployment, describes how the ABS defines and statistically measures the unemployed population.
  • Retrenchments, uses data from the Labour Mobility Survey to look at changes in retrenchments over recent years.
  • The unemployed and recipients of government unemployment benefits - differences explained, uses data from the Survey of Income and Housing to explore the relationship between the unemployed population and job search income support recipients.
  • Understanding earnings in Australia using ABS data, explains the conceptual and methodological differences between key ABS sources of earnings statistics and provides some guidance on the appropriate uses of these data.

Updates on labour market statistical developments, analytical articles and news are available through the Labour Topics @ a Glance page.

Future changes to Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0)

With the introduction of the changes to Labour Force Statistics (described in the Labour Statistics News section of this product) the three datacubes attached to this product will no longer be released in Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0). Volume Measures of Labour Underutilisation will be available quarterly in Labour Force Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), from the May 2015 issue. The employment type and status in employment classifications are being combined, and data on leave entitlements will be collected quarterly in the Labour Force Survey. As a result the information contained in the Employment Type datacube will be available in Labour Force Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), from the May 2015 issue, in tables and datacubes that contain status in employment. The information required to compile the Extended Labour Force Underutilisation Rate will be collected in February each year, and therefore the rate will be released with the results of the February 2015 supplementary survey.

Australian Labour Market Statistics will remain as an infrequent product to facilitate the release of feature articles related to ABS labour statistics.

FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS

If you have any questions about the labour statistics program, you can contact us on (02) 6252 7206 or email <labour.statistics@abs.gov.au>.

The Find out more page contains further information and contact details.


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