Persons not in the labour force represent that group of the population who, in the week before the Labour Force Survey interview (i.e. the reference week), are neither employed nor unemployed. Interest in this group centres primarily on their potential to participate in the labour force.
There were 148,200 persons aged 15 years and over not in the labour force at September 2005 in Tasmania. Of these, some 17.1% were marginally attached to the labour force.
Persons with marginal attachment to the labour force comprise those persons who are not in the labour force, who wanted to work, and:
- had actively looked for work (in the four weeks up to the end of the survey reference week) but did not meet the availability criterion to be classified as unemployed; or
- were not actively looking for work but were available to start work within four weeks (from the end of the reference week) or could start work (within four weeks from the end of the reference week) if child care was available.
PERSONS NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE, Tasmania (a)
(a) From September 1988 to September 2004 people aged 70 years and over were excluded from the category "persons not in the labour force". The scope of the Persons Not in the Labour Force survey was expanded in September 2005 to include all people aged 15 years and over.
Source: Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6220.0).