6291.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Jun 2020 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/07/2020   
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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.


MANAGING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS

The ABS is continuing to take active steps to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on Labour Force statistics. For more information on recent developments, refer to Insights to 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.

The diagram shows the timeline for March to July  2020 of events relating to COVID-19 including changes in government policy such as social distancing, non-essential services shutdown and the Labour Force processes.


NEW ABS WEBSITE AND CHANGES TO LABOUR FORCE SURVEY PUBLICATIONS

The ABS will be launching a new website later in 2020. As part of this move to a new website, the Labour Force Survey publications are being redesigned, so that they are simpler, and present data in a way that is easier to find, understand and use.

Labour force data are currently released in three publications:

  • Labour Force, Australia (6202.0) - the headline release
  • Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic delivery (6291.0.55.001) - monthly release of detailed data
  • Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (6291.0.55.003) - quarterly release of detailed data only collected in February, May, August and November.

When the new ABS website is launched, labour force data will move to be released in two publications:
  • Labour Force, Australia - which will continue to be the headline release
  • Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - which will combine all spreadsheets and pivot tables currently published in the monthly and quarterly detailed releases.

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 
labour.statistics@abs.gov.au.


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'.