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6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Oct 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/10/2011   
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WHAT'S NEW?

Welcome to the latest issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0), a publication designed to help you stay informed about key labour market measures and the latest developments in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour statistics program. Each issue contains a Labour Market Summary with both the latest key figures and a range of time series graphs.

WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE?

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

  • The latest information on the Labour household survey content review and the Labour Force Survey output review;
  • Release advice relating to Average Weekly Earnings; and
  • Highlights of recent ABS labour related statistical releases:
    • Labour Force Experience, Australia (cat. no. 6206.0);
    • Confidentialised Unit Record File: Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0.55.001 & 6306.0.55.002); and
    • Confidentialised Unit Record File: Labour Force Survey and Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership (cat. no. 6202.0.30.001 & 6202.0.30.002).
See the Labour Statistics News page for more details on these developments.

FIFTY YEARS OF THE LABOUR FORCE AND SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY PROGRAM

The Labour Force Survey is the Australian Bureau of Statistics' longest running household survey, and has provided the basis on which the ABS has built an extensive program of labour and social surveys of the Australian population. November 2011 will see the 50th anniversary of the Labour Force and Supplementary Survey Program. A significant milestone for the ABS.

To help mark this important event, this issue of 6105.0 features an article highlighting changes within Australian society as shown through labour force data, and the impact these changes have had on the labour market and peoples lives. In particular, the increase of women's participation, the rise of part time employment, and changes within industry and occupation.

FACT SHEET: EMPLOYMENT OR JOBS - WHAT DOES THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY MEASURE?

In reporting results from the monthly labour force survey, commentators often use the terms 'employment' and 'jobs' interchangeably. This fact sheet describes how this can be misleading, as they are not the same thing, and encourages commentators to correctly refer to 'employment' or 'employed people', not 'jobs'.

FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS

If you have any questions about aspects of 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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