1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Mar 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/03/2009   
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Statistical News
Developments In ABS Statistics

A Picture of the Nation
Each successive generation is more likely to live in a city and to hold a university qualification, but less likely to report religious beliefs according to A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician’s Report on the 2006 Census (cat. no. 2070.0).

Released on 29 January 2009, A Picture of the Nation provides a rich source of stories on our changing Australian society. It also provides an in-depth analysis of population census data, complementing the extensive range of other Census products already available free from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>.

More Work Please!
One in five of Australia’s part-time workers want and are available to work more hours than they currently do, according to figures recently released in the ABS publication Underemployed Workers, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 6265.0).

In September 2008, there were 655,100 underemployed workers across Australia, of which the majority (92%) were underemployed part-time workers. Underemployed workers are part-time workers who want and are available to work more hours than they usually do (603,700), and full-time workers working less than 35 hours a week due to economic reasons, such as being stood down or insufficient work (51,300).

Kick Start Your Career!
The 2010 ABS Graduate Development and Cadetship Programs are now taking applications!

Are you due to complete university studies at the end of 2009 or have you recently completed your studies? Would you like a job that encourages and nurtures your self development? One which provides on the job training and rewarding experiences? Then the ABS is the place for you!

Visit the ABS website at <www.abs.gov.au> to apply. Applications close, Friday 17 April 2009 at 5pm EST.

International Trade
The International Trade Subscription Service provides regular reports for the goods of interest to you. Subscription reports can be provided at monthly, quarterly or annual intervals. Subscribers can use the data in market analysis and as an indicator of trade trends for particular market segments, products, seasonal demand, and prices.

Subscribing is cost effective as it can be amortised over a financial year period offering savings when compared to ad hoc requests. New data is sent to you on the day of release and subscribers receive revisions and updates for free. Contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 for more information.

Now Out Quarterly!
Australian Social Trends (AST) will now be available electronically on a quarterly basis from the ABS website on <www.abs.gov.au>.

AST was released on 25 March 2009.As a quarterly analysis of Australian society, AST provides a rich source of story material for both news and feature writers.

Retail Trade Trend Estimates
The Federal Government’s Economic Security Strategy Package implemented in December 2008 has impacted on Australian retail turnover.

Until data is available in future months, it is not possible to determine the trend in retail turnover through the period affected by the stimulus package. As a result, the retail trend series have been suspended as at November 2008.

For further information, please contact the National Information Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Neil Hamilton in Canberra on (02) 6252 5990.