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LABOUR FORCE COMMENTARY OCTOBER 2013
Seasonally adjusted full-time employment fell in October 2013, down 27,900 persons to 8,094,700 persons, while part-time employment increased by 28,900 persons to 3,544,500 persons. The increase in total employment resulted from:
Seasonally adjusted aggregate hours increased by 6.2 million hours (0.4%) in October 2013 to 1,648.5 million hours.
The largest absolute increases in seasonally adjusted employment were in Victoria (up 14,200 persons) and Western Australia (up 6,600 persons). The largest absolute decrease in employment was in South Australia, down 5,900 persons (seasonally adjusted). Seasonally adjusted estimates are not published for the territories.
ABOUT THE DATA
Impact of New South Wales bushfires
A small number of dwellings selected in the Labour Force Survey were in areas affected by the New South Wales bushfires and were unable to be enumerated for the month of October. The weighting and estimation methods used in the Labour Force Survey compensate for sample loss by weighting collected survey responses up to the population benchmarks, and applying composite estimation to produce the current month's estimates. The impact of the small loss in survey sample cannot be estimated but is expected to have had a minimal impact on October estimates for New South Wales.
Change to holiday corrections for aggregate hours worked
The seasonally adjusted aggregate hours worked series include corrections for the influence of public and school holiday effects. Commencing this year, the Labour Day public holiday observed in Queensland was moved from May to October. Similarly, this year there was a change to the timing of school holidays in Tasmania. The holiday corrections have been updated to account for the changed timing of these holidays. This has had a minor impact on the Australia aggregate hours worked series. These corrections have led to minor revisions to the recent estimates for aggregate hours worked in Queensland, Tasmania and Australia. The corrections applied will be updated in future years as more data points become available and the effect of these holidays on the aggregate hours worked series can be more accurately estimated.
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