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Data for August 2014 to May 2015 have been revised, due to the incorrect inclusion of seasonal workers whose contract is ending as underemployed, and also therefore as underutilised. The ending of a seasonal worker's contract (e.g. fruit picker) because the relevant season has concluded is not considered an economic reason and therefore should not be included as underemployed. This does not impact the calculation of the unemployment rate.
Seasonal adjustment processes have resulted in minor discrepancies between seasonally adjusted and trend data across tables containing headline estimates and those containing quarterly underutilisation data. Data for total employed and unemployed persons will now be published in seasonally adjusted and trend terms within the spreadsheet tables containing quarterly underutilisation data. Estimates of seasonally adjusted and trend employed and unemployed persons in these tables are different to those published in tables containing headline estimates for Australia, as effectively one is based on data being seasonally adjusted and trended quarterly (consistent with underutilisation data), while other headline estimates are based on data being seasonally adjusted and trended monthly.
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