CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The seasonality of the labour force data has been re-estimated after taking account of the changed pattern of supplementary surveys. For further details see the Information note Removing the effect of supplementary surveys from seasonally adjusted estimates in this release. The new approach uses national estimates to determine if supplementary surveys (conducted in conjunction with the Labour Force Survey) have had an effect on the labour force estimates. As the effects are identified using national estimates, the impact on state estimates may require further refinement. The impact on state estimates will be further considered as part of the annual seasonal reanalysis to be conducted in early 2015.
DELAY TO IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW LABOUR FORCE OUTPUTS
The ABS advised in the September 2014 issue of this publication that a range of new Labour Force outputs would be introduced from the October 2014 issue. The ABS has been continuing investigations into recent Labour Force series and to minimise change at this time, the new outputs will not be introduced at this time and the existing outputs will continue. The timing for introducing the new outputs is yet to be determined but they will not be introduced prior to the January 2015 issue due to the holiday season. This delay to the new outputs also applies to the detailed monthly data (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001) and detailed quarterly data (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003).
Quarterly rebenchmarking revises the population benchmarks and Labour Force estimates to reflect the latest Estimated Resident Population. Quarterly rebenchmarking was planned to commence from the November 2014 issue but with the continuing investigations into recent Labour Force series and the delay to the introduction of the new outputs, quarterly rebenchmarking will not commence until the February 2015 issue. Analysis of the revised Estimated Resident Population indicates that this delay will have a minimal impact on the estimates.