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The Northern Territory population remains predominately young and male, according to figures released in the annual Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3235.0) publication, published in August. The NT continues to have the highest sex ratio (the number of males per 100 females) of all states and territories, at 107.7, as well as the lowest median age of Australia's states and territories at 31.1 years. People aged 65 years and over are at the lowest proportions in the NT (5.1%) of all the states and territories, where nationally the proportion is 13.2%.
The most up-to-date quarterly estimated resident population (ERP) figure for the NT can be found in the Northern Territory Summary Statistics table. See Demography News (cat. no. 3106.0) for more demography insights.
LABOUR FORCE UTILISATION - TWO NEW MEASURES
The recent economic downturn has resulted in an increased focus on Australia's labour market, and in particular on changes in unemployment, employment and the relationship to hours worked. While much of the recent interest has been on movements in the unemployment rate, there is considerable value in analysing other indicators, such as underemployment and hours worked, to better understand the impacts on the labour market. In response to this demand for more information on labour force utilisation, the ABS has developed two new key measures into Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), namely: a monthly measure, seasonally adjusted and trend aggregate monthly hours worked; and a quarterly measure, labour force underutilisation rate.
The ABS produces seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for employment and unemployment from the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS), which enhance the analysis of month-to-month movements. However, estimates of hours worked have only been produced as original estimates. This limits their usefulness in monitoring movements as hours worked as influenced by seasonality.
The new seasonally adjusted and trend estimates of aggregate monthly hours worked assist analysts to understand how the labour market is responding to economic challenges, for example, whether employers are reducing hours rather than retrenching employees in an attempt to reduce costs. The ABS introduced estimates of aggregate monthly hours worked in the July 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), available as both seasonally adjusted and trend for the period July 1985 onwards.
Figures published in the August 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) show that in Australia, seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked (total monthly hours worked by employed persons in a calendar month) declined between July 2009 (1511.7 million hours) and August 2009 (1507.7 million hours). Trend estimates for the last 12 months show a decline of 39.5 million (2.5%) aggregate monthly hours worked between August 2008 (1550.0 million hours) and August 2009 (1510.5 million hours). This is comparable to the 1508.2 aggregate monthly hours worked estimate for August 2007.
The labour force underutilisation rate is the sum of the number of persons unemployed and the number of persons in underemployment (i.e. employed persons aged 15 years and over who want, and are available for, more hours of work than they currently have), expressed as a proportion of the labour force.
Figures published in the August 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) show that in Australia, the seasonally adjusted quarterly labour force underutilisation rate was 13.6%, 11.9% for males and 15.5% for females. In the Northern Territory, the seasonally adjusted quarterly labour force underutilisation rate was 8.4%, 9.1% for males and 7.5% for females.
For more information see Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) and Information Paper: Expansion of Hours Worked Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 6290.0.55.001).
ASGC CONCORDANCES NOW KNOWN AS CORRESPONDENCES
Australian Standard Geographical Classifications (ASGC) Correspondences, July 2009 (cat. no. 1216.0.15.002) was released in July this year with a name change from Australian Standard Geographical Classifications (ASGC) Concordances. This publication plays a vital role in the ASGC suite of publications by providing a common framework of statistical geography that enables the production of statistics that are comparable. This new product contains four separate correspondence files as comma delimited text files and is effective from 1 July 2009.
ANZSIC 2006 IMPLEMENTATION IN RETAIL TRADE
The information paper ANZSIC 2006 Implementation in Retail Trade, July 2009 (cat. no. 8501.0.55.006) was released in August this year with Retail Trade, Australia, Jun 2009 (cat. no. 8501.0). The 2006 Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) (cat. no. 1292.0), provides a contemporary and internationally-comparable industrial classification system. This information paper sets out changes made to the retail trade publication due to the revision of the industry classification, which takes effect from the July reference month.
CENSUS TABLEBUILDER OUT NOW
The Census product TableBuilder, 2006 (cat. no. 2065.0) was released on August 28. TableBuilder is an excellent tool for research as it provides access to all variables contained in the 2006 Census Output Record File and allows you to add any combination of variables to your table. Users can create tables of up to five million cells, make faster selection of data items, and choose to count persons, families or dwellings at the geographical areas most suited to their needs.
TableBuilder is a subscription only service and will cost $1,655 (incl. GST). This price is an individual user price for a single Census reference cycle. Each registration remains valid for the life of the product and includes access to training and ongoing helpline support.
For more information, please see the TableBuilder promotional flyer.
NEW: RECORDED CRIME - OFFENDERS
A new ABS recorded crime publication is now available. The publication provides Northern Territory statistics on the number of alleged offenders aged 10 years and over who were proceeded against by police during 2007–08.
Recorded Crime - Offenders, selected states & territories, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4519.0) has been compiled using data from state and territory police administrative systems and shows that police in the Northern Territory (NT) proceeded against 7,961 offenders in 2007–08. For Australia (excluding Western Australia), there were a total of 295,642 offenders proceeded against by police during this period. At state level, the rate (Statistical Language, 2008 (cat.no. 1332.0.55.002), of offenders dealt with by police ranged from 1,050 offenders per 100,000 people aged 10 years and over in Victoria to 4,372 offenders per 100,000 people aged 10 years and over in the Northern Territory.
While public order offences and acts intended to cause injury were the two main principal offences for both males and females, there was a notable difference in the female proportion for each offence type. Females were more commonly proceeded against than males for public order offences as their principal offence (46% of females compared to 28% of males). Males were more commonly proceeded against than females for acts intended to cause injury as their principal offence (28% of males compared to 18% of females).
For more information on the NT go to the NT page of this publication.
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