6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Feb 2011 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/03/2011
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FEBRUARY KEY POINTS
TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION (QUARTERLY CHANGE)
CHANGES THIS MONTH
As foreshadowed in the January 2011 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat no. 6202.0), labour force estimates for the period November 1984 to August 1997 have been revised to incorporate more accurate estimates from the source data and improve coherence with other labour force products. These revisions mainly impact on employment by industry, and duration of unemployment estimates. Revisions have also been made to employment by industry estimates for the month November 2010.
IMPACT OF NATURAL DISASTERS
No significant operational difficulties were experienced in conducting the Labour Force Survey in February 2011. A small number of households from the sample were not able to be enumerated due to either flood or cyclone damage to the dwelling, or road closures preventing access to the dwelling. The small amount of sample loss has not had a statistically significant impact on the estimates and, unlike January, there was no need to apply corrections to any of the trend estimates this month. For further information on how the ABS responded to the Queensland floods refer to the article Impact of the Floods on the Labour Force Survey in the January 2011 issue of this publication.
The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Therefore, published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability, see pages 36 and 37. The interval bounded by two standard errors is the 95% confidence interval, which provides a way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. This represents a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.
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