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ANNUAL SEASONAL REANALYSIS
Systematic and calendar related influences which have the same timing, same direction and similar magnitude every year, are removed to create the seasonally adjusted series. The presence and size of influences due to moving holidays and variable timing of the commencement of interviews in January are estimated using a regression-ARIMA framework and also removed. The regression-ARIMA framework enables these influences to be accurately estimated. Without accurate estimation of these effects, the seasonal pattern may be obscured, and the seasonal factor estimates may be less accurate.
The seasonally adjusted series are then smoothed to create the trend series. Seasonally adjusted and trend series are revised each month to take account of the latest original estimates.
The ABS aims to produce high quality seasonally adjusted estimates that are without systematic related variation. These series can be used to better inform month-to-month comparisons.
Seasonally adjusted employment estimates include a correction for the influences of Easter and variable timing of the commencement of interviews in January.
Seasonally adjusted aggregate hours worked estimates include more extensive corrections for the influence of public holiday and school holiday effects. Each moving holiday is estimated and removed in the aggregate state/territory estimates. State level influences are used to estimate the school and public holiday effects in the Australia and full-time/part-time by sex estimates.
During each annual seasonal reanalysis, the framework for estimating moving holidays and variable timing of the commencement of interviews in January is assessed for appropriateness. This is to ensure that the impact of these influences are being appropriately estimated from year to year, that assumptions used in the regression framework continue to be valid, and to implement improvements in estimation methodology.
IMPACT ON THE LABOUR FORCE DATA
The impact of the annual seasonal reanalysis on the Labour Force data for the period February 1978 to February 2014 was minimal. The seasonally adjusted employed persons level series changed by an average absolute monthly value of 1,100 persons. This includes the impact of both the normal seasonal adjustment process and the results of the annual seasonal reanalysis (ASR). The impact on the employed persons trend series was a change in the average absolute monthly value of 800 persons.
The unemployed persons seasonally adjusted level series for the period February 1978 to February 2014 changed by an average absolute monthly value of 200 persons. The unemployed persons trend series changed by an average absolute monthly value of 100 persons.
For any queries regarding the implementation of these changes contact Labour Force Estimates on Canberra 02 6252 6525, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Time Series Analysis Section on Canberra 02 6252 6345 or via email at email@example.com.
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