6106.0 - Labour Statistics News, August 2009  
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In the May 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) the ABS included the quarterly labour force underutilisation rate and quarterly underemployment rate. These were previously released in Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0). The extent to which available labour is underutilised is of interest from a number of perspectives. From an economic perspective, there is interest in the amount of spare capacity in the labour supply and its potential to contribute to the production of goods and services. From a social viewpoint, there is concern that people whose aspirations for work are not being met may suffer financially, personally and socially.

This quarterly data will next be available in the August 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), which will be released on 10 September 2009, and additional time series information will also be published.

Recent articles on labour underutilisation, including Extended labour force underutilisation rate, Historical labour underutilisation and Underutilisation in the economic downturn, can be found in Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).

For more information please contact Bjorn Jarvis on (02) 6252 6552 or email <bjorn.jarvis@abs.gov.au>.

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