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WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE
will be updated in the next issue of Labour Force, Australia.
The parameters are reviewed at this time each year to ensure that the correct timing of the holidays and start date for collection are reflected in seasonally adjusted and trend data. These parameters are updated separately to the annual seasonal reanalysis because of their importance for January data, however they will also be considered as part of the broader annual seasonal reanalysis of each series scheduled to occur with the February data. The update to the parameters is not anticipated to result in significant revisions to the seasonally adjusted and trend series.
MINOR REVISION TO UNDEREMPLOYMENT DATA
A revision has been made to the number of underemployed persons which is updated quarterly in pdf tables 20 and 21, updated quarterly in spreadsheet tables 22 and 23, and updated monthly in spreadsheet tables 24 and 25 of this publication. The November 2015 estimate was revised to account for those who are usually full-time employed but worked zero hours during the reference week for economic reasons. This group was inadvertently excluded from underemployed persons for the November 2015 reference period only. The inclusion of this group has increased the level of underemployed (and therefore also underutilised) persons by approximately 11,000 in original terms, and had no discernible impact on observed rates of underemployment or underutilisation.
A number of spreadsheet tables containing information on underemployment are included in the detailed quarterly release, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003). These spreadsheet tables (19, 23a and 23b) will have the revision to underemployed persons applied with the February issue of this release, to be published in March 2016.
CHANGE TO RELEASE TIMING OF LABOUR FORCE PRODUCTS
The Independent Technical Review (McCarthy Review) into the ABS's Labour Force Survey (LFS) conducted in 2014 presented a number of recommendations including that the ABS consider "whether or not it is necessary to delay publishing LFS data until early in the week following the current timetable on an ongoing basis or at least when changes are being made to the LFS". The ABS has consulted with stakeholders on this issue and the stakeholders almost unanimously supported the proposal to delay by one week the release of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202) and the related detailed monthly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001) and detailed quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) products.
As advised in the September 2015 issue of Labour Force, Australia, based on this feedback the ABS will delay the release of these products by one week from the next (January 2016) issue. The delayed release means, for example, that the January 2016 issue of Labour Force, Australia will be released on Thursday 18 February instead of Thursday 11 February.
The revised release dates are included in the Forthcoming Releases section of the Notes page of Labour Force, Australia.
The ABS will review the release timing after 12 months to ensure that the requirements of key clients are being met.
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