6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, August 2018 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2018
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AUGUST KEY POINTS
TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION (QUARTERLY CHANGE)
UPDATE ON MONTHLY UNDEREMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES
As previously advised, the ABS intends to release monthly trend and seasonally adjusted underemployment and underutilisation measures in the September 2018 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), on 18 October 2018. New table shells have been provided in this release to assist users in preparing for the release of monthly underemployment and underutilisation next month. For further details information on underemployment and underutilisation measures, please refer to Chapter "Underutilised Labour" of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).
CESSATION OF A PDF PRODUCT
The ABS intends to cease publishing a PDF as part of the release of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0). The October 2018 issue, released in November 2018, is expected to be the final release with a PDF. The ABS has been considering the future of this PDF for a number of years, which is now used by less than 1% of Labour Force data users. The move away from bulletin-style products is a trend that has been consistently observed internationally, with many national statistical organisations moving to more dynamic products for their labour market statistics. It is for this reason that most other labour statistics releases have already moved away from producing PDF as part of their release.
All of the information that is contained in the PDF will continue to be available elsewhere in this release. Should you have any concerns regarding this transition, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW LABOUR FORCE SURVEY SAMPLE
As previously highlighted, the ABS is currently phasing in a new sample design. This began with the incoming rotation group in July 2018 and will continue through to February 2019. An information paper titled Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Jul 2018 (cat. no. 6269.0) was released on 30 July 2018 with detailed information on the new sample. As with each regular sample design, the impacts on the data are expected to be minimal and the ABS will monitor the quality of the estimates over the period the sample is phased in.
Estimates of changes shown on the front cover and used in the commentary have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movement obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.
The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and movements are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability. The interval bounded by two standard errors is the 95% confidence interval, which provides a way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. There is a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.
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