WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE
REVISED POPULATION BENCHMARKS
The latest available Estimated Resident Population data has been incorporated into revised population benchmarks which underpin the compilation of the Labour Force series. Labour Force series from October 2014 to July 2016 have been revised in original terms, with related revisions to seasonally adjusted and trend data.
Revised series (including data up to the July 2016 reference month but prior to the inclusion of the August 2016 data), were released on 8 September 2016 in the July 2016 issue of Labour Force, Australia - Rebenchmarked Estimates (cat. no. 6202.0.55.003). The inclusion of the August 2016 data in this issue will result in further revisions to the seasonally adjusted and trend data, as a result of the usual concurrent seasonal adjustment process.
CHANGES TO LABOUR FORCE OUTPUT FORMATS
Commencing with this month's issue of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001), the ABS will publish detailed Labour Force data in pivot table format, in addition to the existing suite of SuperTable data cube outputs.
Pivot tables will increase the accessibility of Labour Force data, as well as provide a long term replacement for the unsupported Summary Record Database (SRD) format. The ABS will continue to release the SRD data cubes for a further twelve months, to allow for a transition to pivot tables, after which the ABS intends to cease publishing Labour Force SRD data cubes.
The ABS will also follow a similar twelve month process to transition from SRD data cubes to pivot tables for the detailed quarterly data, starting with the November 2016 issue of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003).
A similar transition for the GM1 data cube in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) will also commence, most likely in 2017.
The pivot table products will reflect the design and utility of the existing Summary Record Database (SRD) data cubes as closely as possible. In addition, the inclusion of a comma separated variable (CSV) source worksheet in each pivot table is expected to be of particular interest to people who undertake statistical analysis using a range of software.
NEW EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT DATA ITEMS
The following series are planned to be introduced with this month's issue of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003):
- Educational attainment; and
- Educational attendance for the whole civilian population.
The new outputs are the result of changes initially announced in the Information Paper: Outcomes of the Labour Household Surveys Content Review, 2012
(cat. no. 6107.0).
A short article will be released in conjunction with these new quarterly outputs, to assist with the interpretation of the data.