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Actively looking for work
A person who works for a public or private employer and receives remuneration in wages, salary, a retainer fee by their employer while working on a commission basis, tips, piece-rates or payment in kind, or a person who operates his or her own incorporated enterprise with or without hiring employees.
A person who operates his or her own unincorporated economic enterprise or engages independently in a profession or trade, and hires one or more employees.
For any group, the number of employed persons expressed as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over in the same group.
Two or more persons, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering; and who are usually resident in the same household. The basis of a family is formed by identifying the presence of a couple relationship, lone parent-child relationship or other blood relationship. Some households will, therefore, contain more than one family.
Family reference person
In families which are not couple families or one parent families, as defined, the family reference person is the eldest person in the household (this was formerly entitled family head).
Unemployed persons who have previously worked for two weeks or more but not in the past two years.
Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.
A group of one or more persons in a private dwelling who consider themselves to be separate from other persons (if any) in the dwelling, and who make regular provision to take meals separately from other persons, i.e. at different times or in different rooms. Lodgers who receive accommodation but not meals are treated as separate households. Boarders who receive both accommodation and meals are not treated as separate households. A household may consist of any number of families and non-family members.
From August 1994, classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 1993 (1292.0).
Unemployed persons who have worked for two weeks or more in the past two years and left that job voluntarily, for example, because of unsatisfactory work arrangements/pay/hours; the job was a holiday job or they left the job to return to studies; or their last job was running their own business and they closed down or sold that business for reasons other than financial difficulties.
Unemployed persons who have worked for two weeks or more in the past two years and left that job involuntarily, that is, were laid off or retrenched from that job, left that job because of their own ill-health or injury, the job was seasonal or temporary; or their last job was running their own business and the business closed down because of financial difficulties.
For any group, persons who were employed or unemployed, as defined.
Labour force status
A classification of the civilian population aged 15 years and over into employed, unemployed or not in the labour force, as defined. The definitions conform closely to the international standard definitions adopted by the International Conferences of Labour Statisticians.
A person who has no spouse or partner present in the household but who forms a parent-child relationship with at least one dependent or non-dependent child usually resident in the household.
A person who makes provision for their food and other essentials for living, without combining with any other person to form part of a multi-person household. They may live in a dwelling on their own or share a dwelling with another individual or family.
Persons unemployed for a period of 52 weeks or more.
Main English speaking countries
The United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States of America and New Zealand.
A person is classified as married (husband, wife or partner) if they are living with another person of the same or opposite sex in either a registered or de facto marriage. The not married category comprises persons who live alone or with other family members, those in shared accommodation, and persons who, although reported as married, did not have a spouse or partner who usually lived in the household.
Median duration of unemployment
The duration which divides unemployed persons into two equal groups, one comprising persons whose duration of unemployment is above the median, and the other, persons whose duration is below it.
A child of a couple or lone parent usually resident in the household, aged over 15 years and who is not a dependent student aged 15-24 years, and who has no partner or child of their own usually resident in the household.
A person who is not related to any other member of the household in which they are living.
Not in the labour force
Persons who were not in the categories employed or unemployed as defined.
From August 1996, classified according to the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition 1996 (Cat. no. 1220.0). See Information Paper: ASCO - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (1221.0).
A family consisting of a lone parent with at least one dependent or non-dependent child (regardless of age) who is also usually resident in the household.
Related individuals residing in the same household who do not form a couple or parent-child relationship with any other person in the household and are not attached to a couple or one parent family in the household. If two brothers, for example, are living together and neither is a spouse, a lone parent or a child, then they are classified as other family.
A person who operates his or her own unincorporated economic enterprise or engages independently in a profession or trade, and hires no employees (this category was formerly entitled self employed).
For any group, the labour force expressed as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 and over in the same group.
Employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week.
Seasonally adjusted series
A time series of estimates with the estimated effects of normal seasonal variation removed. See paragraphs 34 and 35 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.
State capital cities
The areas determining the six State capital cities are the Statistical Divisions for those capital cities defined in the Statistical Geography: Volume 1 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (1216.0).
Status in employment
Employed persons classified by whether they were employers, own account workers, employees, or contributing family workers.
A smoothed seasonally adjusted series of estimates. See paragraphs 36 to 39 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.
Persons aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:
Unemployed looking for first full-time job
Unemployed persons looking for full-time work who had never worked full time for two weeks or more.
Unemployed looking for first job
Unemployed persons who had never worked for two weeks or more.
Unemployed looking for full-time work
Unemployed persons who:
Unemployed looking for part-time work
Unemployed persons who:
Unemployed persons classified by industry and occupation
Unemployed persons who had worked for two weeks or more in the last two years are classified according to the industry and occupation of their most recent job.
For any group, the number of unemployed persons expressed as a percentage of the labour force in the same group.
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