Labour Force, Australia, Detailed

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

Reference period
August 2022
Released
21/09/2022
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    Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, September 2022
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About this release

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.

Reinstating Trend data

The ABS is planning to reinstate Labour Force Trend estimates (including for the entire COVID period) and revert to concurrent seasonal adjustment. The monthly Trend estimates will be available with September 2022 data to be published in Labour Force, Australia, released on 20 October 2022. The Labour Force, Australia, Detailed estimates will become available in two stages, on 27 October for monthly series and 22 December 2022 for quarterly series.

For further information, see Seasonal adjustment and trend estimates in Survey Impacts and Changes, in Labour Force, Australia, August 2022.

Labour force status

Monthly (August)

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Quarterly (August)

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Industry, Occupation and Sector

Quarterly (August)

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Hours worked

Monthly (August)

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Unemployment

Monthly (August)

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Quarterly (August)

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Underemployment and underutilisation

Quarterly (August)

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Status in employment

Monthly (August)

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Quarterly (August)

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Labour market regions (SA4)

Monthly (August)

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Quarterly (August)

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Relationship in household

Monthly (August)

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Current and expected job duration

Quarterly (August)

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Retrenchment

Quarterly (August)

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Not in the labour force

Monthly (August)

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All data downloads

All monthly time series spreadsheets

All monthly pivot tables

All quarterly time series spreadsheets

All quarterly pivot tables

Previous catalogue number

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