6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Apr 2012  
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Contents >> Labour Statistics News >> Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods


Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods provides a comprehensive discussion and description of the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics and the data sources and methods used in the collection and compilation of these statistics. It explains what the statistics measure, how the various measures relate to each other and how they are produced. It also discusses the factors influencing their accuracy and reliability.

The manual aims to help statistics users to improve their understanding of the range of Australian labour statistics, leading to better analyses and informed decision-making based on those statistics. The material is a valuable resource for economists, social analysts, educators, government and industry advisers, and others wanting to understand the methodology behind key labour statistics such as the Labour Force Survey and the Survey of Average Weekly Earnings.

The ABS released the Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods manual (cat. no. 6102.0) in August 2001. This paper publication was replaced in 2005 by an electronic version of the manual, which has the same title but a different catalogue number (6102.0.55.001). Maintaining an electronic version allows the ABS to regularly update the manual to reflect the current concepts, sources and methods used in compiling Australian labour statistics. A number of chapters have been recently updated.

For further information please contact Kirsty Leslie on (02) 6252 5436 or email <kirsty.leslie@abs.gov.au>.

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