6291.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, May 2020 Quality Declaration 
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Data from the monthly Labour Force Survey are released in two stages. The Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001) and Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) are part of the second release, and include detailed data not contained in the Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) product set, which is released one week earlier.

The Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001) is released monthly. Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) includes data only collected in February, May, August and November (including industry and occupation).

Since these products are based on the same data as the Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) publication, the Labour Force, Australia - Explanatory Notes (cat. no. 6202.0) are relevant to both releases.


REGIONAL LABOUR FORCE DATA

Annual averages are important for understanding the current state of the labour market, and providing medium and long-term signals.

However, unusual, sudden and/or extreme changes in the labour market (e.g. changes to regular and seasonal patterns in employment, working hours, job search or availability as a result of COVID-19) can be difficult to account for in the short-term using a 12 month moving average.
The application of an annual average to the original regional estimates in Table 16b is unlikely to accurately or quickly detect turning points in the time series during periods of significant change, which should be considered before drawing any conclusions from these estimates.

For advice on reporting data from our regional labour force products (Pivot tables RM1, RM3 and Tables 16, 16B, 16C), please refer to: Advice on reporting regional labour force data.


SURVEY RESPONSE REMAINS HIGH IN MAY

The May Labour Force Survey was run in respect of the first two weeks of May (ie. Sunday 3 May to Saturday 16 May), and collected over the three weeks from Sunday 10 May to Saturday 30 May.

Response remained high in May, with a similar level of response to April. Following analysis of the incoming rotation group in April, both the April and May incoming rotation groups have been given the standard influence in April and May estimates. For more information, please refer to ‘Insights from the original data’.

The ABS would like to thank Australians for their continued support in responding to our surveys during such a difficult time, given how critically important this information is.



Covid timeline of events from mid March 2020 to late June 2020


QUARTERLY POPULATION REBENCHMARKING

The ABS has revised the original Labour Force series for the previous 19 months to reflect the latest available preliminary and final estimates of Estimated Resident Population. This quarterly process ensures that the Labour Force series promptly reflects any change in population trends and minimises the size of revisions that can occur when the series are rebenchmarked following each Census of Population and Housing.

In response to COVID-19 related changes in travel, the ABS is now revising preliminary Net Overseas Migration estimates more frequently. Net Overseas Migration estimates are a component of population estimates, from which Labour Force benchmarks are produced. These revisions have been incorporated into the quarterly rebenchmarking revisions. For more information, please refer to 'Net Overseas Migration revisions in Labour Force benchmarks during COVID-19'.

Further information can be found in the Rebenchmarking Labour Force Estimates article published in the February 2015 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).


CONTINUED SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES

Given the extent of change in Labour Force time series, the ABS has temporarily suspended trend series and moved to using forward factors for seasonal adjustment. For more information, please refer to 'Suspension of trend series and changes to seasonal adjustment during the COVID-19 period'.


CHANGES IN FUTURE ISSUES - COMBINING THE DETAILED MONTHLY AND QUARTERLY LABOUR FORCE SURVEY RELEASES AND NEW LABOUR FORCE PUBLICATION

As announced in the February issue, the detailed monthly and detailed quarterly labour force survey releases (6291.0.55.001 and 6291.0.55.003) will be combined so that all detailed labour force data will be available from a single release. The spreadsheets and datacubes within this combined release will also be grouped together thematically, so that it is easier to find the data you're looking for.

This combined detailed release of Labour Force Survey data will be implemented when the new ABS website is launched later in 2020.

While the location of the quarterly time series spreadsheets and datacubes will change, the file names, table names and time series IDs will all remain the same. This expanded monthly detailed release will always include the latest monthly and quarterly data, noting that for the 'non-quarter' months, the quarterly spreadsheets and datacubes will have a different reference period. For example, the May issue will contain May monthly and May quarterly data, while the June issue will contain June monthly and May quarterly data.

To see how the detailed release will look on the new ABS website, see Labour Force, Australia, Detailed on the ABS Beta website. This Beta website will become the new official ABS website later in 2020.

The main Labour Force Survey publication (6202.0) will also be changing when the new ABS website is launched. See Labour Force, Australia on the ABS Beta website.

If you have any questions or feedback on the planned detailed release or new Labour Force, Australia publication, these can be provided via the 'Feedback' button, or by emailing us directly at 
labour.statistics@abs.gov.au.