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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about people aged 15 years and over who are not in the labour force: that is, neither employed nor unemployed. The data measure the potential supply of labour not reflected in employment and unemployment statistics, and measure the characteristics of that potential supply.
Statistics in this publication were obtained from the Persons Not in the Labour Force Survey, conducted throughout Australia in September 2013 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).
Information collected in the survey includes details about whether people not in the labour force wanted to work; reasons why they were not actively looking for work, or were not available for work; and their main activity while not in the labour force.
Many people not in the labour force have some attachment to the labour force. For example, they may want a job, but for a variety of reasons are not actively looking for work even though they are available to start a job. There is an expectation that many of these people could move into the labour force in the short term, or could do so if labour market conditions changed.
The ABS conducted this survey again in February 2014, together with the Underemployed Workers and Job Search Experience topics. From February 2015 information on Persons Not In the Labour Force will be collected as part of the Participation, Job Search and Mobility survey.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The ABS is progressively introducing online data collection to the LFS. For September 2013 online data collection was offered to 56% of the Labour Force sample. Of the households responding to the Persons Not in the Labour Force Survey, approximately 11% submitted their data online. For more information see the article in the April 2013 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
The September 2013 Persons Not in the Labour Force Survey is based on the 2011 Census of Population and Housing based sample, progressively introduced to the LFS from May 2013. For more information see the article in the May 2013 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
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