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6106.0 - Labour Statistics News, August 2009  
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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR



Welcome to the second issue of Labour Statistics News. This issue includes information on the latest developments in ABS labour market statistics, updates on current work, and details on changes to the ABS labour work program following the announcement of the Federal budget. It also provides an opportunity for you to give us feedback on these developments so that we can better meet your statistical needs. Labour Statistics News is produced twice a year by the Labour Market National Statistical Centre.

2009 has been a busy year for us, with more to come. Some highlights of the year so far include the release of the first Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH) survey Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF), and the release of new Independent contractor estimates. Our investigations into maximising the longitudinal nature of the Labour Force Survey through matching data across survey months, and options for linked employer-employee data, are also progressing well.

More recently, there have also been a number of important additions to the range of information released in the main labour force publication Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), which have been enthusiastically received by labour market analysts. These include:

  • the release of a new hours worked series - aggregate monthly hours worked estimates (available as both trend and seasonally adjusted estimates);
  • quarterly labour force underutilisation rates; and
  • gross flows (labour market transition) estimates.

In other news, the ABS labour statistics program received a boost following the announcement of an increase in funding for the ABS in the Federal Budget. As a result of the increased funding, the full sample for the Labour Force Survey will be restored, and the Job Vacancy Survey will be reinstated.

See the Recent developments and Current projects sections for more details on these, and other developments.

If you are looking to improve your understanding of the wide range of ABS labour statistics, a wealth of information can be found in the compendium publication Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0), in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) and on the Labour Theme Page of the ABS website. In addition, the Labour Market National Statistical Centre runs a one day training course, Introduction to Labour Statistics, in partnership with the ABS National Statistical Training Institute, which informs participants of the ABS labour collections and their applications.

If you have any questions about aspects of the labour statistic program, please contact one of our subject experts shown in the Find out more page of this newsletter, or you can contact us on (02) 6252 7206 or email <labour.statistics@abs.gov.au>.

I hope you find this newsletter interesting and informative.

Michael Gerrity, A/g Director

Labour Market National Statistical Centre

Australian Bureau of Statistics

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