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1003.0 - ABS News for Libraries (Issue No. 60), May 2007  
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FEATURE ARTICLE

A Smorgasboard of Statistics

Here are three useful publications that synthesise a number of statistical sources and paint a picture of Australian society, both in economic and social terms.

General Social Surveys: Summary Results (cat. no. 4159.0)

There is increasing recognition that many social phenomena are inter-related and social policy is becoming less sectoral as a consequence.The 2006 General Social Survey looks at various aspects of wellbeing and how they might be related to each other. Topics include health, housing, education, work, income, financial stress, broad assets and liabilities, transport, social capital, voluntary work, family and community, and crime. You can read the related media release for this publication.

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    NSW in Focus (cat. no. 1338.1), released on 17 May, provides a contemporary record of activity within the state, presenting an array of useful and interesting statistics from both ABS and non-ABS sources. The materials presented in this publication are organised into twelve chapters representing areas of social or economic importance: population, family and community, health, education and training, work, economic resources, housing, crime and justice, transport, economic activity, and the environment. The final chapter presents national and international indicators.

The 2007 edition includes a chapter on work which provides an expanded analysis of labour force status, underutilisation, job mobility, skilled employment, and information about people not in the labour force. In addition, selected national and international indicators, covering a range of topics, have been included for comparative purposes.

NSW in Focus is an easy to use reference for government agencies, universities, other education facilities, research organisations, businesses and the general community.

Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators (cat. no. 1383.0.55.001)

The MAP products aim to provide a digestible set of statistical evidence to allow Australians to make their own assessment of whether life in Australia is getting better. Measures of Australia's Progress - Summary Indicators, presents a summary of measures which relate to the 14 headline dimensions of progress presented in MAP. It presents the headline indicators (where a headline indicator is available) at the national level, and a brief summary discussion about the measure and associated trends.

For further information contact client.services@abs.gov.au.

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