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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.
When the new ABS website is launched, labour force data will move to be released in two publications:
The main Labour Force Survey publication has been redesigned for the new ABS website, with improved navigation, thematic presentation of data, additional graphs and the most sought after statistics, increased range of state and territory indicators, greater visibility of notes on important changes or impacts on the estimates (e.g. resulting from COVID-19), and an improved range of useful explanatory information and resources (in a new 'Methodology page').
As outlined in May, 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 within 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 are looking for. 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.
The file names, table names and time series IDs of all the monthly and quarterly time series spreadsheets and datacubes will remain the same.
To see how the new labour force releases will look on the new ABS website, see the ABS Beta website versions for April:
If you have any questions or feedback on the new approach to release Labour Force Survey data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. All estimates within the commentary, including information for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, refer to seasonally adjusted data. For more information, please refer to 'Suspension of trend series and changes to seasonal adjustment during the COVID-19 period'.
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