All detailed monthly and quarterly Labour Force Survey data now released in Labour Force, Australia, Detailed
The February 2020 issue of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly was the final release under that title. From May onwards, this Labour Force, Australia, Detailed release contains all the monthly and quarterly spreadsheets and pivot tables previously published in Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (6291.0.55.001) and Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (6291.0.55.003). The file names, table names and time series IDs of all the monthly and quarterly time series spreadsheets and datacubes remain the same.
Data from the monthly Labour Force Survey are released in two stages:
- Labour Force, Australia - which contains headline estimates estimates of employment, unemployment, underemployment, participation and hours worked
- 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.
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. The monthly tables in this detailed publication have slightly revised data for August and September 2020. The August 2020 data in the quarterly tables are as published in last months detailed publication and have not been revised.
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.