Australian Bureau of Statistics
6292.0 - Information Paper: Forthcoming Changes to Labour Force Statistics, Aug 2015
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/2015
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FORTHCOMING CHANGES TO STANDARD LABOUR FORCE OUTPUTS
As previously advised, we will publish Labour Force information in new formats commencing with the:
While plans to publish existing information in new formats have not changed, some new quarterly content will be delayed. The ABS previously advised that new quarterly series would commence with the August 2015 issue of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), including volume measures of labour underutilisation, leave entitlements, retrenchment, and sector of main job (public/private). These series will now be published in the November 2015 issue on 17 December.
This decision was made in the interest of reducing risks to the broader Labour Force program.
The May issue of this information paper includes Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) spreadsheets with data in the new format up to April 2015. The July issue includes the new format spreadsheets for Labour Force, Australia, Detailed (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001) with experimental data up to May 2015. Data may not match published estimates for all series and should not be relied on for decision-making. The purpose of these products is to assist stakeholders to test their analytical systems.
A concordance between all current format and new format time series identifiers is also included in the July issue of this publication.
WHAT WILL BE CHANGING
An article describing changes to the Status in Employment standard will be published in the July 2015 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
The front cover and commentary format of the Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) pdf publication will not change with the introduction of new format spreadsheets. However, the tables in the pdf publication will reflect changes made to the spreadsheets. In particular, the Labour force status 15 years and over - States and territories (pdf Table 12) will be published as pdf Table 4 and will include seasonally adjusted estimates (except for the territories), trend estimates and an employment to population ratio. It will no longer include:
Other changes include:
The ABS recommends that users of the 6202.0 Labour Force, Australia pdf should take extra care until experienced with the new format. For further details around changes to tables in the pdf refer to the timetable attached to this information paper (via the Downloads tab).
The new outputs result from a review of the labour household survey program. The outcomes of the review were announced in 2012. Implementation has been delayed while priority was given to investigations into recent Labour Force results, the annual seasonal re-analysis and comprehensive testing of the system producing the new outputs.
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