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Labour Force, Australia, Detailed

Detailed monthly and quarterly Labour Force Survey data, including hours, regions, families, job search, job duration, casual, industry and occupation

Reference period
February 2022
Released
24/03/2022

Data from the monthly Labour Force Survey are released in two stages:

  1. Labour Force, Australia - which contains headline estimates of employment, unemployment, underemployment, participation and hours worked
  2. Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - which contains detailed data not included in the first release

This second release of Labour Force Survey data includes the latest detailed monthly and quarterly data. Some information, including industry, occupation, sector, job duration, and retrenchment, is only available for February, May, August and November.

As a result, in the 'non-quarter' months, the quarterly spreadsheets and datacubes have a different reference period. For example, the May issue contains May monthly and May quarterly data, while the July issue will contain July monthly and May quarterly data.

For more information on the data contained in the first and second releases, see the Survey output section of the Labour Force Survey Methodology page.

Using 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) see Advice on reporting regional labour force data.

Labour force status

Monthly (February)

Data files

Quarterly (February)

Data files

Industry, Occupation and Sector

Quarterly (February)

Data files

Hours worked

Monthly (February)

Data files

Unemployment

Monthly (February)

Data files

Quarterly (February)

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Underemployment and underutilisation

Quarterly (February)

Data files

Status in employment

Monthly (February)

Data files

Quarterly (February)

Data files

Labour market regions (SA4)

Monthly (February)

Data files

Quarterly (February)

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Relationship in household

Monthly (February)

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Current and expected job duration

Quarterly (February)

Data files

Retrenchment

Quarterly (February)

Data files

Not in the labour force

Monthly (February)

Data files

All data downloads

All monthly time series spreadsheets

All monthly pivot tables

All quarterly time series spreadsheets

All quarterly pivot tables

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue numbers:

  • 6291.0.55.001; and 
  • 6291.0.55.003.

Upcoming changes

Update to thematic grouping and navigation on the ABS website

Labour themes and navigation on the ABS website to change on 25 March 2022

The thematic groupings and navigation for labour statistics on the ABS website are being updated to better reflect the current range of available labour statistics, better align key labour market concepts with website themes and navigation, and improve discoverability. The new themes (and the statistical releases which will appear under each theme) can be viewed on our Beta website, at beta.abs.gov.au/statistics.html#labour.

The changes will be implemented on the ABS website on Friday 25 March 2022.

The new themes will be:

  • Employment and unemployment
  • Jobs
  • Earnings and working conditions
  • Labour Accounts

Labour Force, Australia and Labour Force, Australia, Detailed statistics will remain in the 'Employment and unemployment' theme (abs.gov.au/statistics/labour/employment-and-unemployment/).

The key changes to the current 'Employment and unemployment' and 'Earnings and work hours' themes include:

  • addition of a 'Jobs' theme - to reflect the increasing range of jobs-related data ABS is releasing – including Weekly payroll jobs and wages and Jobs in Australia (currently in 'Earnings and work hours'), in addition to the longstanding statistics on Job vacancies and Job mobility (currently in 'Employment and unemployment').
  • addition of a 'Labour Accounts' theme - for cross-cutting quarterly and annual labour account data on jobs, people, hours and payments (currently in 'Employment and unemployment').
  • renaming the 'Earnings and work hours' theme to 'Earnings and working conditions' - to provide a clearer pathway the large range of information available on working conditions beyond wages (work arrangements, flexibility, workplace relations, etc) and reflect that key hours data are available from the 'Employment and unemployment' theme (from the monthly Labour Force Survey) and the Labour Account.

While these changes will result in a change to the placement of some statistical releases, and some URLs, there will be automatic redirects in place. These redirects will ensure that existing URLs and bookmarks will continue to work.