6226.0 - Participation, Job Search and Mobility, Australia, Feb 2019 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/07/2019   
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Regular rebenchmarking

From 2018, the estimates in this publication are now rebenchmarked every year to reflect the most recently available release of Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data.

Estimates have been revised to incorporate the latest benchmarks and all estimates, including 2019, are comparable with estimates published in the March 2019 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

Revised tables for 2015 to 2018 have been published in this issue (contained in Historical .zip files) and supersede the tables published in previous issues of this publication.

Trend factor adjustments

To reduce the impact of seasonal and irregular effects on total employment and unemployment, the estimates have been adjusted by factors based on trend Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates (as published in March 2019).

For example, the unemployment estimates collected in February have a typical seasonal pattern of higher estimates. The factors applied result in a decrease to the total number of unemployed to match trend LFS estimates.

From this issue, underemployed estimates have also been adjusted by trend factors, also based on the monthly LFS estimates published in March 2019. Revisions using the underemployed trend adjustment have been completed back to 2015, Data from years prior to 2015 will be revised and published at a later date.

For more information refer to the Explanatory Notes.


Participation, Job Search and Mobility 2019 microdata will be available today (8th July 2019) via TableBuilder (cat. no. 6226.0.00.001). For the first time, five years of data will be available, from 2015 to 2019.

For more information see About TableBuilder.

Skill level of last job

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is a skill-based classification used to classify all occupations and jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets. In line with the ANZSCO, occupation data have been grouped by skill level alongside the standard major occupation groups, providing an alternative view on the nature of work. Under this classification every occupation is assigned a skill level from 1 (high-skilled) to 5 (low-skilled) based on the range and complexity of the particular set of tasks performed in that job.

Data relating in changes of skill level between the current and previous job are also available, and can be explored to greater detail in TableBuilder.

Revisions to Industry and Occupation

After a review of the industry and occupation data collected in PJSM since 2015, improvements have been made to the coding of responses relating to the occupation and industry of last job, the job last February, and changes in occupation while working for the same employer.

Subsequently, revisions have been made to industry and occupation estimates. Revised tables for 2015 to 2018 have been published in this issue and supersede the tables published in previous issues of this publication.

Relationship in Household

During the quality assurance of the publication Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families (cat. no. 6224.0.55.001), the ABS identified an issue with some family coding, which affected a range of key family estimates - particularly during the period 2015 to 2018.

For this reason, estimates relating to Relationship in Household have been removed from this issue of PJSM. All family related items have also been removed from TableBuilder.

Revised data for the 2015-2019 period will be published in the next release of PJSM in 2020.