6106.0 - Labour Statistics News, Feb 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/02/2009   
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Contents >> Message from the director


    Welcome to the first issue of Labour Statistics News

    Labour Statistics News is your opportunity to keep up-to-date on the latest developments in ABS labour market statistics. It also provides an opportunity for you to give us feedback on these developments so that we can better meet your statistical needs.

    Labour Statistics News is produced twice a year by the Labour Market National Statistical Centre, a section of the ABS with responsibility for promoting the effective use of labour market statistics, influencing the development of national and international frameworks, and improving the relevance and reliability of labour market statistics.

    2009 will be a busy year for us. One highlight for the coming year is the anticipated release of the first Employee Earnings and Hours confidentialised unit record file (CURF). We are currently producing a CURF using 2006 data, and we hope to release a 2008 CURF in the future.

    Another innovative project seeks to maximise the longitudinal nature of the Labour Force Survey by investigating the possibility of matching data across survey months. If found to be feasible, this project will provide data on short-term labour market transitions, and the possibility of matching data across the various supplementary topics conducted in different months.

    If you are looking to improve your understanding of ABS labour statistics, a wealth of information can be found on the Labour Theme Pages of the ABS website, and in the compendium publication, Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0). In addition, we run a one day course, Introduction to Labour Statistics, in partnership with the National Statistical Training Institute, which informs participants of the ABS labour collections and their applications.

    If you have any questions about any of the work we do, please contact us on (02) 6252 7206 or email labour.statistics@abs.gov.au

        Carmel O'Regan, A/g Director
        Labour Market National Statistical Centre
        Australian Bureau of Statistics

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