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LABOUR FORCE COMMENTARY SEPTEMBER 2013
Seasonally adjusted full-time employment rose in September 2013, up 5,000 persons to 8,133,700 persons, while part-time employment increased by 4,100 persons to 3,512,100 persons. The increase in total employment resulted from:
Despite the slight increase in total employment, seasonally adjusted aggregate hours worked decreased 6.4 million hours in September 2013 to 1,641.5 million hours.
The largest absolute increases in seasonally adjusted employment were in Queensland (up 16,500 persons) and Western Australia (up 12,400 persons). The largest decrease in employment was in New South Wales, down 22,300 persons (seasonally adjusted). Seasonally adjusted estimates are not published for the territories.
ABOUT THE DATA
The Federal election was held on Saturday, 7 September 2013, and fell during the survey reference period for the September Labour Force Survey. The ABS has not seasonally adjusted for any Federal election, as no significant effects have been identified in the original data.
As the phase-in of the 2011 Census based sample design was completed in August 2013, only one rotation group is being replaced each month. As a result, the proportion of sample matched each month will be higher than since May 2013 and, subject to response rates, will be similar to historical levels. This will be reflected in the gross flows estimates in Table 17.
The response rate for the September 2013 Labour Force Survey was 94%, an increase on the 93% response rate achieved for the August 2013 survey, but lower than the average of the preceding 12 months (96%). The lower response rate may have resulted in slightly more variability in the estimates when compared with previous months. This is not reflected in the standard errors presented in this publication as they are modelled rather than calculated each month.
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