6287.0 - New experimental Indigenous labour force statistics: ABS, 2002 to 2004
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2006
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New experimental Indigenous labour force statistics: ABS
Today the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the findings from a new series of experimental estimates compiled from the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) on the labour force characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. These estimates are the first in a new series to be released annually by the ABS.
The publication includes information about how the estimates were constructed and presents a number of important statistical and data quality issues which should be considered when using the LFS estimates to describe labour force characteristics of Indigenous people. In particular, the reliability of estimates, which are affected by the small number of Indigenous people in the LFS sample, the relatively small size of the Indigenous population and collection difficulties in remote areas.
These estimates show that the unemployment rate for Indigenous people has declined over the three year period 2002 to 2004, but there are also less Indigenous people in the labour force.
Specific findings include:
Further details are in Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Experimental Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2002 to 2004 (cat. no. 6287.0). The publication can be downloaded for free from this web site.
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