1288.0 - Standards for Labour Force Statistics, 1996  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/11/1996   
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30. The standard output categories are:

  • Employed
  • Unemployed
  • Not in the Labour Force
31. The categories 'Employed' and 'Unemployed' can be aggregated to form the total 'Labour Force'. It may be useful for certain types of social analysis to combine the categories 'unemployed' and 'not in the labour force' to form the category 'not employed'. The output label should always be footnoted with 'unemployed or not in the labour force'. The ABS does not consider it appropriate to use the category 'not employed' in relation to labour topics.

32. It should be noted that:
  • the term 'self-employed' is not used in the Labour Force Survey as a standard output category. If it is used, it needs to be identified in footnotes or the glossary of the publication as the aggregation of the standard categories, Employer, Own Account Worker and Contributing Family Worker from status in employment.
  • It is also possible to derive full-time/part-time status for self-employed persons in the same way that it is derived for employees.
  • Also note that "Looking for Full-time work" and "Looking for Part-time work" are not necessarily required to qualify the category "Unemployed".


33. The classification is used to define the scope of the other labour force variables. For more information see Labour Force Framework - Underlying Concepts, paragraph 13.

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