2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Labour Force Status and Hours Worked Not Stated (LFHRP)

This variable combines Labour Force Status (LFSP) with the 'Not stated' category from the Hours Worked (HRSP) variable to provide more detailed information on employed persons. This version is commonly released in the Census output product range. This variable is applicable to all persons aged 15 years or older.

How this variable is created

This variable is derived by combining responses from the questions on Labour Force Status and Hours Worked. Images of these questions are provided below.

Labour Force Status is derived from responses to a number of questions on the form. Data is captured automatically from four mark box responses and from the written numeric response to the question asking how many hours the person worked in all jobs 'last week'. Occupation information may sometimes be used. Images of the questions are provided below.

Hours Worked is captured automatically from written numeric responses, or the 'None' mark box, from question 44 on the Census Household Form. This process is subject to low levels of recognition error. In addition, outlying values are checked manually to ensure that they match the actual response on the form. The data may include a small proportion of persons with an unusual number of hours worked, as all numeric responses are accepted as reported.

Variable history

This variable was new for 2011 and has not changed in 2016. However, changes were made to the questions used to derive Labour Force Status and the 'none' box for Hours Worked was removed from the online Census form.

Non-response rate

Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. Labour Force Status and Hours Worked Not Stated does not have a non-response rate as it is a derived value created during Census processing for applicable persons. For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.

Further information

A definition of Labour Force Status and Hours Worked Not Stated is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
For information related to Labour Force Status and Hours Worked Not Stated, see the data quality statements for Labour Force Status and Hours Worked.

Household form question image

Data for this variable is mainly derived from questions 34, 35, 44, 46 and 47. Occupation questions 38 and 39 may also be used.

Questions 34, 35, 44, 46, 47, 38 and 39 as they appeared on the 2016 Census Household Paper Form:

Image: 2016 Household Paper Form - Question 34. Last week, did the person have a job of any kind?
Image: 2016 Household Paper Form - Question 35. In the main job held last week, was the person:
Image: 2016 Household Paper Form - Question 44. Last week, how many hours did the person work in all jobs?
Image: 2016 Household Paper Form - Question 46. Did the person actively look for work at any time in the last four weeks?
Image: 2016 Household Paper Form - Question 47. If the person had found a job, could the person have started work last week?
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.


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