6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jun 2020 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/07/2020   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES


May 20
Jun 20
May 20 to Jun 20
Jun 19 to Jun 20

Seasonally Adjusted
Employed people ('000)
12,117.7
12,328.5
210.8
-4.1%
Unemployed people ('000)
923.0
992.3
69.3
39.3%
Unemployment rate (%)
7.1
7.4
0.4 pts
2.2 pts
Underemployment rate (%)
13.1
11.7
-1.4 pts
3.5 pts
Participation rate (%)
62.7
64.0
1.3 pts
-2.0 pts
Monthly hours worked in all jobs ('000 000)
1,600.4
1,664.7
64.3
-5.7%



EMPLOYED PEOPLE

The graph shows the seasonally adjusted estimate for the number of employed people in Australia from 11.7 million people in June 2015 to 13 million people in March  2020. This decreased to 12.3 million people in June 2020.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The graph shows the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate starting at 6.0 per cent in June 2015 dropping to as low as 5.0 per cent in late 2018 and early 2019. It was 5.2 per cent in March 2020, and has increased to 7.4 per cent in June 2020.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • Employment increased 210,800 to 12,328,500 people. Full-time employment decreased 38,100 to 8,489,100 people and part-time employment increased 249,000 to 3,839,400 people.
  • Unemployment increased 69,300 to 992,300 people.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.4 pts to 7.4%.
  • Underemployment rate decreased 1.4 pts to 11.7%.
  • Underutilisation rate decreased 1.0 pts to 19.1%.
  • Participation rate increased by 1.3 pts to 64.0%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 64.3 million hours to 1,664.7 million hours.


NOTES


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

IssueRelease Date
July 202013 August 2020
August 202017 September 2020
September 202015 October 2020
October 202019 November 2020
November 2020 17 December 2020
December 202021 January 2021


MANAGING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS

The ABS is continuing to take active steps to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on Labour Force statistics. For more information on recent developments, refer to Insights to the Original data.

The ABS would like to thank Australians for their continued support in responding to our surveys during such a difficult time, given how critically important this information is.

The diagram shows the timeline for March to July  2020 of events relating to COVID-19 including changes in government policy such as social distancing, non-essential services shutdown and the Labour Force processes.


NEW ABS WEBSITE AND CHANGES TO LABOUR FORCE SURVEY PUBLICATIONS

The ABS will be launching a new website later in 2020. As part of this move to a new website, the Labour Force Survey publications are being redesigned, so that they are simpler, and present data in a way that is easier to find, understand and use.

Labour force data are currently released in three publications:
  • Labour Force, Australia (6202.0) - the headline release
  • Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic delivery (6291.0.55.001) - monthly release of detailed data
  • Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (6291.0.55.003) - quarterly release of detailed data only collected in February, May, August and November.

When the new ABS website is launched, labour force data will move to be released in two publications:
  • Labour Force, Australia - which will continue to be the headline release
  • Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - which will combine all spreadsheets and pivot tables currently published in the monthly and quarterly detailed releases.

The main Labour Force Survey publication has been redesigned for the new ABS website, with improved navigation, thematic presentation of data, additional graphs and the most sought after statistics, increased range of state and territory indicators, greater visibility of notes on important changes or impacts on the estimates (e.g. resulting from COVID-19), and an improved range of useful explanatory information and resources (in a new 'Methodology page').

As outlined in May, the detailed monthly and detailed quarterly labour force survey releases (6291.0.55.001 and 6291.0.55.003) will be combined so that all detailed Labour Force data will be available within a single release. The spreadsheets and datacubes within this combined release will also be grouped together thematically, so that it is easier to find the data you are looking for. This expanded monthly detailed release will always include the latest monthly and quarterly data, noting that for the 'non-quarter' months, the quarterly spreadsheets and datacubes will have a different reference period. For example, the May issue will contain May monthly and May quarterly data, while the June issue will contain June monthly and May quarterly data.

The file names, table names and time series IDs of all the monthly and quarterly time series spreadsheets and datacubes will remain the same.

To see how the new labour force releases will look on the new ABS website, see the ABS Beta website versions for April:
If you have any questions or feedback on the new approach to release Labour Force Survey data, please contact us at 
labour.statistics@abs.gov.au.


CONTINUED SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES

Given the extent of change in Labour Force time series, the ABS has temporarily suspended trend series and moved to using forward factors for seasonal adjustment. All estimates within the commentary, including information for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, refer to seasonally adjusted data. For more information, please refer to 'Suspension of trend series and changes to seasonal adjustment during the COVID-19 period'.


ROUNDING

Estimates of changes in the commentary have been calculated using un-rounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movement obtained from the rounded estimates. Graphs also depict un-rounded estimates.


SAMPLING ERROR

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.


MOVEMENTS IN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED SERIES BETWEEN MAY 2020 AND JUNE 2020

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
210,800
151,200
to
270,400
Total Unemployment
69,300
25,700
to
112,900
Unemployment rate
0.4 pts
0.0 pts
to
0.8 pts
Participation rate
1.3 pts
1.1 pts
to
1.5 pts