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Labour Force Survey Standard Products and Data Item Guide

This is a reference guide for Labour Force Survey (LFS) standard products

Reference period
June 2016

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Purpose

The Labour Force Survey Standard Products and Data Item Guide is a reference guide for users of standard Labour Force Survey products, including:

This guide will be updated as changes occur to Labour Force Survey standard products.

​​​​​​​How to use the guide

This guide is divided into two sections:

  • Section 1. Labour Force Survey standard product data
     

The first section alphabetically lists and explains the data items in Labour Force Survey standard products.

  • Section 2. Detailed information on Labour Force Survey standard products
     

The second section lists the Labour Force Survey standard products and specifies the data items contained within each spreadsheet and datacube.

​​​​​​​Further information

If you require further information about the information in this guide, or about labour force data in general, please contact Labour Force Estimates on 02 6252 6525 or email labourforce@abs.gov.au.

Concepts and data items

This section contains definitions for the concepts and data items published in Labour Force Survey standard products from June 2016.

More detailed information is published in Labour Statistics: Concepts Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001), describing the history of changes to the Labour Force Survey and the alignment of concepts and data items to conceptual frameworks and international definitions.

Concepts and data items A

Actively looked for work

Specific steps taken by job seekers to find work. Actively looked for work includes: written, telephoned or applied to an employer; had an interview with an employer for work; answered an advertisement for a job; checked or registered with an employment agency; taken steps to purchase or start your own business; advertised or tendered for work; and contacted friends or relatives to find work. The reference period for these steps is the four week period prior to interview.

The data item 'active steps taken to find work' is not directly referenced in Labour Force Survey (LFS) standard products. It is collected in the LFS to help determine if a person is unemployed. To be classified as unemployed a person must be without work, actively looking for work, and available to work. More information can be found in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

Actual hours worked

See 'Hours actually worked'.

Age

A person’s age at their last birthday at the time they responded to the survey. The civilian population aged 15 years and over is in scope of the LFS, however some data items are only presented for persons aged 15-24 years. Certain characteristics by five or ten year age groups are available in some standard products.

VariablesProducts
15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over group6202.0
Datacube GM1

6291.0.55.001
Table 01, 20a
Datacubes LM1, LM5, EM1a, EM2a, EM3a, EM4a, EM5a, FM2

6291.0.55.003
Tables 23b, 26b, 29b
Datacubes EQ12, EQ13, LQ1, LQ2
15 years and over presented in 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over group6291.0.55.001
Datacubes UM3, RM1, NM1

6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ07a
15 years and over presented in 10 year age groups up to 55 years and over group6202.0
Tables 22, 24
15-29 year olds presented in 5 and 10 year age groups6291.0.55.003
Table 25b
15-24 year olds presented in 5 year age groups6291.0.55.001
Table 03
Datacube LM3
15-24 year olds6202.0
Tables 13, 15, 16
15-19 year olds6202.0
Table 17
15-64 year olds6202.0
Table 18
20-64 year olds6291.0.55.003
Table 24b

Aggregate duration of job search

See 'Number of weeks searching for a job'.

Aggregate hours worked

See 'Monthly hours worked in all jobs'.

Aggregate monthly hours worked

See 'Monthly hours worked in all jobs'.

Aggregate weeks unemployed

See 'Number of weeks searching for a job'.

All jobs

Employed persons may have more than one job. All jobs data items are about all the work that an employed person undertook during the reference week, not only the work that they undertook in their main job. A person's main job is the job in which they usually work the most number of hours.

Attending full-time education

Persons aged 15-24 years enrolled at secondary or high school or enrolled as a full time student at a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) college, university, or other educational institution in the reference week.

See 'Educational attendance (full-time)'.

Attending full-time tertiary educational institution

Persons aged 15-24 years enrolled full time at a TAFE college, university, or other educational institution in the reference week, except those persons aged 15-19 years who were still attending school.

See 'Educational attendance (full-time)'.

Attending school

Persons aged 15-19 years enrolled at secondary or high school in the reference week.

See 'Educational attendance (full-time)'.

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

See 'Occupation'.

Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC)

See 'Industry'.

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)

See 'Geography'.

Available to work

Includes persons who were available to work in the reference week, or waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week (and could have started work in the reference week if the job had been available then).

The data item 'available to work' is not directly referenced in LFS standard products. It is collected in the LFS to help determine if a person is unemployed. To be classified as unemployed a person must be without work, actively looking for work, and available to work. More information can be found in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

Concepts and data items B - E

Child

A child is:

  • any person aged under 15 years in the household
  • a person of any age who is a natural, adopted, step or foster child of a couple or lone parent, usually resident in the same household, and who does not have a child or partner of their own usually resident in the household
  • a person aged 15-17 years who was reported as being under the guardianship or care of another person aged 18 years and over in the household.
     

Children included in the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are classified as either dependent students or non-dependent children. Parents included in the LFS who have dependants are classified as lone parents or couple families with a child or children under 15 years or dependent students.

See 'Family'.

See 'Relationship in household'.

Civilian population

All usual residents of Australia aged 15 years and over, except:

  • members of the permanent defence forces
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments customarily excluded from Census of Population and Housing and estimated resident population counts
  • overseas residents in Australia (with the intention to stay in Australia less than 12 months) and
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.
     

The civilian population aged 15 years and over are in scope of the LFS. LFS estimates of the civilian population aged 15 years and over are benchmarked against estimated resident population estimates for the same group.

Contributing family worker

A person who works without pay in an economic enterprise operated by a relative.

See 'Status in employment'.

Country of birth

The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) (cat. no. 1269.0) (SACC) is used to classify country of birth in the LFS. The SACC is based on the concept of geographic proximity. It groups neighbouring countries into progressively broader geographic areas based on similar social, cultural, economic and political characteristics.

For those born overseas, the elapsed years since first arriving in Australia (with the intention to stay for more than 12 months, if arrival in Australia was less than 12 months ago) is also collected.

Persons born in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, United States of America and South Africa are grouped into a category called 'Main English-speaking countries'. This is not a SACC grouping of countries.

See 'Elapsed years since arrival'.

VariablesProducts
Major country group (subcontinent) of birth: SACC
-Australia (includes External Territories)
-Born overseas
---Oceania and Antarctica
---North-West Europe
---Southern and Eastern Europe
---North Africa and the Middle East
---South-East Asia
---North-East Asia
---Southern and Central Asia
---Americas
---Sub-Saharan Africa
-Inadequately described / Born at sea
-Not stated
6291.0.55.001
Datacubes LM4, LM5
Main English-speaking countries
-Born overseas
---Main English-speaking countries
---Other than main English-speaking countries
-Born in Australia (includes External Territories)
-Not stated / Inadequately described / Born at sea
6291.0.55.001
Datacube LM7

Couple family

A family with two persons who are in a registered or unregistered marriage and who are usually resident in the same household. The family may include others who are usually resident in the same household. A couple family may include a child or children.

See 'Relationship in household'.

Currently economically active

A person is considered to be economically active if that person contributes or is available and seeking to contribute to the production of goods and services that fall within the System of National Accounts production boundary. The currently economically active population is equivalent to the total labour force, and consists of the total number of persons defined as employed and unemployed. The currently economically active population is measured during a specified short period of time, and in Australia is based on the concept of usual residency of the civilian population aged 15 years and over. The currently economically active population excludes:

  • persons under the age of 15 years;
  • permanent members of the defence forces;
  • short term visitors to Australia; and
  • persons not in the labour force.
     

For more information see Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

See 'Labour force status'.

See 'Usual resident'.

Dependants

All family members under the age of 15 years, and all children aged 15-24 years attending full-time education. Excludes those who have a partner or child of their own usually resident in the household.

See 'Relationship in household'.

Dependent student

A person who is:

  • 15-24 years of age,
  • usually resident in the same household as a parent, and
  • who attends a secondary or tertiary educational institution as a full-time student.
     

Excludes those who have a partner or child of their own usually resident in the household.

See 'Relationship in household'.

Duration of current job

See 'Number of months with current employer or business'.

Duration of job search

The current and continuing period of unemployment for persons who are unemployed in the reference week. Duration of job search measures the elapsed number of weeks to the end of the reference week since an unemployed person began looking for work, or since that person last worked, whichever is the shorter. For persons who began looking for work while still employed, it is the period from the time the person last worked to the end of the reference week.

Persons who search for a job for 52 weeks or more are classified as long term unemployed.

See 'Number of weeks searching for a job'.

Applicable to unemployed persons only.

VariablesProducts
Duration of job search - summary variables
-Number of weeks searching for a job ('000 Weeks)
-Average duration of job search (Weeks)
-Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Duration of job search - detailed duration
-Under 52 weeks (under 12 months)
---Under 4 weeks (under 1 month)
---4 weeks and under 13 weeks (1-3 months)
---13 weeks and under 26 weeks (3-6 months)
---26 weeks and under 52 weeks (6-12 months)
-52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
---52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
---104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
6291.0.55.001
Table 14a
Datacubes UM2, UM3
Duration of job search - summary variables
-Number of weeks searching for a job ('000 Weeks)
-Average duration of job search (Weeks)
-Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Duration of job search - detailed duration
-Under 52 weeks (under 12 months)
---52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
---52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
---104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
6291.0.55.001
Datacube FM4
Duration of job search - detailed duration
-Under 52 weeks (under 1 year)
---52 weeks and over (1 year and over)
---52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
---104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
6291.0.55.001
Table 14b
Duration of job search - summary variables
-Number of weeks searching for a job ('000 Weeks)
-Average duration of job search (Weeks)
-Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Duration of job search - detailed duration
-Under 52 weeks (under 12 months)
---Under 13 weeks (under 3 months)
---13 weeks and under 52 weeks (3-12 months)
-52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
6291.0.55.001
Datacube RM3
Duration of job search - summary variables
-Number of weeks searching for a job ('000 Weeks)
-Average duration of job search (Weeks)
-Median duration of job search (Weeks)
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ2b, UQ3a, UQ3b

Duration of unemployment

See 'Duration of job search'.

Educational attainment

See 'Level of highest educational attainment (ASCED)'.

Educational attendance (detailed)

Enrolled at secondary or high school or enrolled as a full-time student at a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) college, university, or other educational institution in the reference week.

Applicable to all persons aged 15 years and over.

VariablesProducts
Attending educational institution ('000)
Attending full-time education ('000)
-Attending tertiary educational institution full-time ('000)
-Attending school (aged 15-19 years) ('000)
Not attending full-time education ('000)
-Attending tertiary educational institution part-time ('000)
-Not attending educational institution ('000)
6291.0.55.003
Tables 25a, 25b
Datacube LQ2

Educational attendance (full-time)

Enrolled at secondary or high school or enrolled as a full-time student at a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) college, university, or other educational institution in the reference week.

Applicable to 15-24 year olds only.

VariablesProducts
Attending full-time education
-Attending tertiary educational institution full-time
-Attending school (aged 15-19 years)
Not attending full-time education
6202.0
Tables 15, 16
Datacube LM3
Attending full-time education
Not attending full-time education
6291.0.55.001
Table 03

Elapsed years since arrival

The number of years since a person first arrived in Australia with the intention of staying for at least one year.

Applies to persons born overseas only.

VariablesProducts
Elapsed years since arrival
-Arrived 20 or more years ago
-Arrived 15-19 years ago
-Arrived 10-14 years ago
-Arrived 5-9 years ago
-Arrived within last 5 years
-Born in Australia
-Not stated / Inadequately described / Born at sea
6291.0.55.001
Datacubes LM4, LM7

See 'Country of birth'.

Employed

Persons aged 15 years and over who met one of the following criteria during the reference week:

  • Worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind, in a job or business or on a farm (employees and owner managers of incorporated or unincorporated enterprises).
  • Worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (contributing family workers).
  • Were employees who had a job but were not at work and were:
    • away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or
    • away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or
    • away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or
    • on strike or locked out; or
    • on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job.
  • Were owner managers who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.
     

See 'Labour force status'.

Employed full-time

Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working fewer than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.

See 'Labour force status'.

Employed part-time

Includes employed persons who usually worked fewer than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work during the reference week.

See 'Labour force status'.

Employee

An employed person who does not operate their own incorporated or unincorporated enterprise. An employee works for a public or private employer and receives remuneration in wages, salary, on a commission basis (with or without a retainer), tips, piece-rates, or payment in kind.

See 'Status in employment'.

Employee with paid leave entitlements

Includes those who were entitled to paid holiday leave or paid sick leave, or both.

VariablesProducts
Employee with paid leave entitlements
Employee without paid leave entitlements
6291.0.55.003
Table 13
Datacubes EQ04, EQ05, EQ07b

Employee without paid leave entitlements

Includes those who were not entitled to paid holiday leave or paid sick leave, or did not know whether they were entitled to paid holiday leave or paid sick leave.

See 'Employee with paid leave entitlements'.

Employer

A person who operates their own incorporated or unincorporated enterprise and hires one or more employees.

See 'Status in employment'.

Employment to population ratio

The number of employed persons in a group expressed as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over and part of the same group.

See 'Labour force status'.

Engaged in employment and/or study

Persons fully engaged in employment and/or study include:

  • persons participating in full-time formal study (including school); and/or
  • persons in full-time employment; and/or
  • persons participating in part-time formal study (including school) and in part-time employment.
     

Persons partially engaged in employment and/or study are participating in part-time formal study or in part-time employment only.

The engagement rate is derived as the proportion of those either fully or partially engaged in employment and/or study as a proportion of the population aged 15 years and over.

VariablesProducts
Engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
-Fully engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
-Partially engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
Not engaged in either employment or study ('000)
Engagement rate (%)
-Fully engaged rate (%)
6291.0.55.003
Tables 25a, 25b

Expectations of future employment with current employer or business

Whether or not an employed person expects to be working for their current employer or in their current business in 12 months' time. Reasons are provided for those who do not expect to be with their current employer or business in 12 months.

Applicable to employed persons only.

VariablesProducts
Expects to be with current employer or business in 12 months
Does not expect to be with current employer or business in 12 months
-Employer or own business closing down or downsizing
-Changing jobs or seeking other employment
-Returning to study, travelling, or family reasons
-Retiring
-Seasonal, temporary, fixed contract or casual job
-Expects to finish work for other reasons
6291.0.55.003
Table 17

Concepts and data items F - K

Family

Two or more persons, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related in some way and are usually resident in the same household.

Families are identified firstly by the presence of either a couple relationship or a parent-child relationship, and then by a different blood relationship. In complex households, a primary family is identified in the first instance (usually a couple and/or a parent-child) and other related members of the household are allocated to the primary family.

Some households contain more than one family, a second family will only be identified in instances where the household has a couple relationship or a parent-child relationship that are not part of the primary family.

Any usual resident of a household is classified as a family member, a non-family member, a visitor (or relationship not determined).

See 'Relationship in household'.

Former worker

Unemployed persons who have not worked in the last 2 years are categorised as those who have never worked before (looking for first job) or those who last worked 2 or more years ago (former worker). These categories are presented as part of the Industry of last job and Occupation of last job variables.

See 'Industry of last job'.

See 'Occupation of last job'.

VariablesProducts
Industry division of last job (ANZSIC)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ2b
Occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ3a, UQ3b

Full-time employed

Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.

See 'Labour force status'.

Full-time workers

See 'Full-time employed'.

Geography

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is used to classify geographical areas of Australia for statistical purposes. In the Labour Force Survey (LFS), geographical areas relate to a person's usual residence, classified according to the ASGS.

The ASGS is constructed of approximately 347,000 mesh blocks covering the whole of Australia. The main structure of the ASGS is a hierarchy of Statistical Areas which are built from whole mesh blocks. Statistical Areas Level 1 to 3 have populations that are too small to support LFS outputs. Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s) are the largest sub-state regions. They are specifically designed to perform as the smallest geographical output of LFS data.

Geographical classifications in standard labour force outputs use the ASGS from July 1991 onwards. Where older time series are presented old classifications are used. These are clearly marked in the outputs. For more information see Information Paper: Regional Labour Force Statistics (cat. no. 6262.0).

Geography groupings used in standard outputs include:

  • State and territory: ASGS (2011) - state or territory of usual residence during the reference week
  • Greater capital city statistical area: ASGS (2011) - state and territory capital city regions which are aggregates of Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s). Greater capital city statistical areas are presented with the 'rest of state' region to cover the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps. The Greater capital city statistical area is named according to the city it represents, for example, Greater Sydney. The remainder of the state or territory is named rest of state/territory, for example, Rest of NSW. The whole of the ACT is included in the Greater Canberra region. Greater Canberra is presented as ACT to prevent confusion. The population of the Greater Darwin area is relatively small so estimates are presented at the territory level only. Also called Greater capital city and rest of state.
  • Labour market region (SA4): ASGS (2011) - Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s) and the smallest geographical output of LFS data. Labour market regions reflect the labour markets within each state and territory.
     
VariablesProducts
State and territory: ASGS (2011)
Greater capital city statistical area: ASGS (2011)
Labour market region (SA4): ASGS (2011)
6291.0.55.001
Table 16
Datacubes RM1, RM3

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Datacubes RQ1, RQ2
State and territory: ASGS (2011)
Greater capital city statistical area: ASGS (2011)
6291.0.55.001
Table 02
Datacube LM1

6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ03
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)6202.0
Tables 12, 16, 19, 23, 25
Datacube GM1

6291.0.55.001
Tables 03, 20c
Datacubes LM1, LM4, LM5, LM7, EM1b, EM2b, EM3b, EM4b, EM5b, UM2, NM2, FM1

6291.0.55.003
Tables 05, 23a, 24a, 25a, 26a, 29a
Datacubes EQ02, EQ06, EQ08, UQ2b, UQ3b
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011) - New South Wales only6202.0
Table 4
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011) - Victoria only6202.0
Table 5
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011) - Queensland only6202.0
Table 6
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011) - South Australia only6202.0
Table 7
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011) - Western Australia only6202.0
Table 8
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011) - Tasmania only6202.0
Table 9
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011) - Northern Territory only6202.0
Table 10
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011) - Australian Capital Territory only6202.0
Table 11

Greater capital city and rest of state

State and territory capital city regions are aggregates of Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s). Greater capital city statistical areas are presented with the 'rest of state' region to cover the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps. The Greater capital city statistical area is named according to the city it represents, for example, Greater Sydney. The remainder of the state or territory is named rest of state/territory, for example, Rest of NSW. The whole of the ACT is included in the Greater Canberra region. Greater Canberra is presented as ACT to prevent confusion. The population of the Greater Darwin area is relatively small so estimates are presented at the territory level only. Also called Greater capital city and rest of state.

Geographical classifications in standard labour force outputs use the ASGS from July 1991 onwards. Where older time series are presented old classifications are used. These are clearly marked in the outputs. For more information see Information Paper: Regional Labour Force Statistics (cat. no. 6262.0).

See 'Geography'.

Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA)

See 'Greater capital city and rest of state'.

Gross flows

The LFS sample is made up of eight rotation groups of approximately equal size and characteristics. Each rotation group is in the survey for a period of eight months. Respondents who report in consecutive months make up the matched common sample from which gross flow figures are derived. Gross flows examine the transition between the different labour force status classifications from one point in time to the next.

After taking account of the sample rotation and varying non-response in each month, the matched common sample is approximately 80 percent of the original dataset for any month. For this reason, the figures presented in the gross flows products do not align with published labour force estimates.

The unmatched sample identifies those respondents who did not have a labour force status for the previous month, or those who do not have a labour force status for the current month.

VariablesProducts
Labour force status - current month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000)
---Incoming rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Labour force status - previous month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000)
---Outgoing rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1

See 'Matched common sample'.

See 'Unmatched sample'.

Has never worked before

Unemployed persons who have not worked in the last 2 years are categorised as those who have never worked before (looking for first job) or those who last worked 2 or more years ago (former worker). These categories are presented as part of the Industry of last job and Occupation of last job variables.

VariablesProducts
Industry division of last job (ANZSIC)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ2b
Occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ3a, UQ3b

Highest year of school completed (ASCED)

The year a person left school.

Presented for 15-24 year olds only.

VariablesProducts
Senior Secondary Education
Year 12 or equivalent
Year 11
Junior Secondary Education
Year 10
Year 9 or below/Never attended school
6291.0.55.001
Datacube LM3

Hours actually worked

The number of hours a person actually worked during the reference week, which is the week prior to interview.

Actual hours of work refers to a specified reference period (e.g. a week) and includes:

  • hours actually worked during normal periods of work;
  • time spent in addition to hours worked during normal periods of work (including overtime);
  • time spent at the place of work on activities such as the preparation of the workplace, repairs and maintenance, preparation and cleaning of tools, and the preparation of receipts, time sheets and reports;
  • time spent by self-employed persons in seeking customers for a product or service (e.g. tendering for contracts, visiting prospective clients);
  • time spent at the place of work waiting or standing by due to machinery or process breakdown, accident, lack of supplies, power or internet access, etc;
  • time corresponding to short rest periods (resting time) including tea and coffee breaks or prayer breaks;
  • travel time connected to work (excluding commuting time);
  • training and skills enhancement related to the job or employer; and
  • hours worked without paid in a family business or for payment in kind.
     

Excluded are:

  • hours paid for but not worked, such as paid annual leave, public holidays or paid sick leave;
  • meal breaks (e.g. lunch breaks);
  • paid and unpaid time 'on call';
  • time spent on travel to and from work when no productive activity for the job is performed (e.g. commuting time);
  • time off during working hours to attend outside educational activities such as university, technical or other college classes; even if it is authorised; and
  • unpaid voluntary work.
     

For multiple job holders the LFS collects a separate measure of actual hours worked in main job and in all jobs.

VariablesProducts
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variables6291.0.55.001
Table 09
Datacubes EM1a, EM1b, EM2a, EM2b, EM6, FM3

6291.0.55.003
Tables 11, 12, 13
Datacubes EQ02, EQ03, EQ04, EQ05, EQ06, EQ07a, EQ07b, EQ08, EQ09, EQ12, EQ13, RQ1, RQ2 
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groups6291.0.55.001
Table 09
Datacubes EM1a, EM1b, EM2a, EM2b, FM3

6291.0.55.003
Tables 11, 12, 13
Datacube EQ04
Hours actually worked in main job - summary variables6291.0.55.001
Datacubes EM4a, EM4b

6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ11
Hours actually worked in main job - detailed hour groups6291.0.55.001
Datacubes EM4a, EM4b

6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ11

Hours usually worked

Hours usually worked refers to a typical period rather than a specified reference period. The concept of hours usually worked applies both to persons at work and to persons temporarily absent from work. The time includes all regular paid and unpaid overtime.

VariablesProducts
Hours usually worked in all jobs - summary variables6291.0.55.001
Table 10
Datacubes EM3a, EM3b

6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ10
Hours usually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groups6291.0.55.001
Table 10
Datacubes EM3a, EM3b

6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ10 
Hours usually worked in main job - summary variables6291.0.55.001
Datacubes EM5a, EM5b

6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ14
Hours usually worked in main job - detailed hour groups6291.0.55.001
Table 10
Datacubes EM5a, EM5b

6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ14

Hours worked

See 'Hours actually worked'.

See 'Hours usually worked'.

See 'Monthly hours worked in all jobs' (previously called aggregate hours worked).

Household

A household may be either:

  1. a one-person household, i.e. a person who makes provision for his own food and other essentials of living without combining with any other person, or
  2. a multi-person household, i.e. a group of two or more persons who make some common provision for food or other essentials of living. The persons in the group may pool their incomes and have a common budget to a greater or lesser extent; they may be related or unrelated persons or a combination of both. The general criterion to be used in identifying the members of a multi-person household relates to the existence of common housekeeping arrangements.
     

Lodgers who receive accommodation but not meals are treated as separate households.

Boarders who receive both accommodation and meals are not treated as separate households.

Households are an important operational unit of the LFS. See Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

Incoming rotation group

The LFS sample is made up of eight rotation groups of approximately equal size and characteristics. Each rotation group is in the survey for a period of eight months. Each month a new rotation group enters the sample to replace the rotation group that completed its eighth survey the month before. The new rotation group is called the incoming rotation group.

VariablesProducts
Labour force status - current month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000)
---Incoming rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Labour force status - previous month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000)
---Outgoing rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1

Industry

An industry is a group of businesses or organisations that undertake similar economic activities to produce both goods and services. The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) (cat. no. 1292.0) is used to classify industries in Australia and New Zealand. In the LFS, ANZSIC is used to describe the industry of an employed person's main job or business, or an unemployed person's last job or business.

ANZSIC is a hierarchical classification that provides a broad overall picture of the economy at the division level (1 digit), and increasingly detailed dissections at the subdivision (2 digit), group (3 digit) and class (4 digit) levels. The class level of the ANZSIC classification is not coded or available from the LFS. Market sector industries include all ANZSIC divisions except for Public administration and safety, Education and training, and Health care and social assistance. These three divisions make up the non-market sector.

Applicable to employed persons only.

VariablesProducts
Industry division of main job (ANZSIC)6291.0.55.003
Tables 04, 05, 11, 19, 27
Datacubes EQ03, EQ05, EQ06, EQ09, EQ10, EQ11, EQ12, RQ1
Industry division and sub-division of main job (ANZSIC)6291.0.55.003
Table 06
Datacube EQ06
Industry division, sub-division and group of main job (ANZSIC)6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ06
Market
-Agriculture, forestry and fishing
-Rest of market Non-market
-Education and training
-Rest of non-market
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes EQ03, EQ05, EQ06, EQ09, EQ10, EQ11, EQ12, EQ14, RQ1

Industry of last job

The industry an unemployed person last worked in, classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) (cat. no. 1292.0).

Industry of last job is collected from unemployed persons who have worked in the last 2 years.

Unemployed persons who have not worked in the last 2 years are categorised as those who have never worked before (looking for first job) or those who last worked 2 or more years ago (former worker). These categories are presented as part of the Industry of last job variable.

VariablesProducts
Industry division of last job (ANZSIC)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ2b

Institutionalised persons

Residents of selected institutions or special dwellings excluding live-in staff who do not usually live in a private dwelling. Institutions include hospitals, homes and prisons.

'Institutionalised' is presented as a residual category for Reason not in the labour force.

Concepts and data items L - N

Labour force

A person is considered to be economically active if that person contributes or is available and seeking to contribute to the production of goods and services that fall within the System of National Accounts production boundary. The currently economically active population is equivalent to the total labour force, and consists of the total number of persons defined as employed and unemployed. The currently economically active population is measured during a specified short period of time, and in Australia is based on the concept of usual residency of the civilian population aged 15 years and over. The currently economically active population excludes:

  • persons under the age of 15 years;
  • permanent members of the defence forces;
  • short term visitors to Australia; and
  • persons not in the labour force.
     

For more information see Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

See 'Labour force status'.

See 'Usual resident'.

Labour force status

Labour Force Status classifies the in-scope population into three mutually exclusive categories at a given point in time: employed; unemployed and not in the labour force. The employed and unemployed categories together make up the labour force, which is a measure of the number of persons contributing to, or willing and able to contribute to, the supply of labour at a specific time. The remaining population is referred to as Not in the labour force. This group represents the balance of the in-scope population. For detailed description see Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

Changes in the labour force status of persons from month to month are described in terms of Labour force status - current month, and Labour force status - previous month. These variables are included in datacube GM1 in 6202.0.

VariablesProducts
Employed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000)
6202.0
Tables 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18

6291.0.55.001
Tables 01, 02, 03
Employed total (‘000)
-Employed full-time (‘000)
-Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000)
6291.0.55.001
Datacubes LM1, LM3, LM4, LM5, LM7
Employed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15-24 years (‘000)
6202.0
Tables 15, 16

6291.0.55.001
Datacubes RM3, FM1, FM2
Employed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
6291.0.55.001
Datacube RM1
Employed total (‘000)
-Employed full-time (‘000)
-Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 20-64 years ('000)
6291.0.55.003
Table 24b
Employed total (‘000)
-Employed full-time (‘000)
-Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15-29 years ('000)
6291.0.55.003
Table 25b
Employed total (‘000)
-Employed full-time (‘000)
-Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000)
6291.0.55.003
Table 24a

6291.0.55.003
Datacubes LQ1, LQ2
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 22, 23
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
-Underemployed full-time (worked part-time for economic reasons) ('000)
-Underemployed part-time (prefer more hours ('000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 24, 25
Employed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
6291.0.55.001
Table 08
Datacubes EM1a, EM1b, EM2a, EM2b, EM3a, EM3b, EM4a, EM4b, EM5a, EM5b, EM6, FM2, FM3

6291.0.55.003
Tables 05, 06, 07, 11, 12, 13, 17
Datacubes EQ02, EQ03, EQ04, EQ05, EQ06, EQ07a, EQ7b, EQ09, EQ10, EQ11, EQ12, EQ13, EQ14, RQ1, RQ2
Employed total ('000)6291.0.55.001
Tables 09, 10

6291.0.55.003
Table 04
Datacube EQ08
Unemployed total (‘000)6291.0.55.001
Table 14b
Datacubes RM3, FM4
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000)
6291.0.55.001
Tables 14a, 20a, 20b, 20c
Datacubes UM2, UM3

6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ2b, UQ3a, UQ3b
Employed total (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
6291.0.55.001
Table 16
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
6291.0.55.003
Table 19
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000)6291.0.55.001
Datacubes NM1, NM2
Labour force status - current month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000)
---Incoming rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Labour force status - previous month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000)
---Outgoing rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Currently employed ('000)
Currently unemployed('000)
Currently not in the labour force (NILF) ('000)
6291.0.55.003
Tables 29a, 29b
Employed total (‘000)
-Employed full-time (‘000)
-Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
-Fully engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
-Partially engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
Not engaged in either employment or study ('000)
Engagement rate (%)
-Fully engaged rate (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000)
6291.0.55.003
Table 25a

Labour force status in current month

Information about the labour force status of persons in the most recent monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).

This population is used in gross flows to show changes between the current month and the month immediately prior to that month. Gross flows information enables analysis of the transition between the different labour force status classifications from one point in time to the next.

The unmatched sample identifies those respondents who do not have a labour force status for the previous month, or those who do not have a labour force status for the current month.

VariablesProducts
Labour force status - current month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000)
---Incoming rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Labour force status - previous month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000)
---Outgoing rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1

Labour force status in previous month

Information about the labour force status of persons in the month prior to the current month.

This population is used in gross flows to show changes between the previous month and the current month. Gross flows information enables analysis of the transition between the different labour force status classifications from one point in time to the next.

The unmatched sample identifies those respondents who do not have a labour force status for the previous month, or those who do not have a labour force status for the current month.

VariablesProducts
Labour force status - current month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000)
---Incoming rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Labour force status - previous month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000)
---Outgoing rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1

Labour force underutilisation rate

The sum of the number of unemployed persons and the number of underemployed workers expressed as a percentage of the labour force.

VariablesProducts
Labour force status
-Employed total (‘000)
-Underemployed total (‘000)
-Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
-Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
-Unemployed total (‘000)
-Unemployment rate (%)
-Labour force total (‘000)
-Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 22, 23
Labour force status
-Employed total (‘000)
-Underemployed total (‘000)
---Underemployed full-time (worked part-time for economic reasons) ('000)
---Underemployed part-time (prefer more hours ('000)
-Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
-Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
-Unemployed total (‘000)
-Unemployment rate (%)
-Labour force total (‘000)
-Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 24, 25

Labour market region

Labour market regions reflect the labour markets within each state and territory. Labour market regions are equivalent to Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s) and are smallest geographical output of LFS data.

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is used to classify geographical areas of Australia for statistical purposes. In the LFS, geographical areas relate to a person's usual residence, classified according to the ASGS.

The ASGS is constructed of approximately 347,000 mesh blocks covering the whole of Australia. The main structure of the ASGS is a hierarchy of Statistical Areas which are built from whole mesh blocks. Statistical Areas Level 1 to 3 have populations that are too small to support LFS outputs. Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s) are the largest sub-state regions of the main structure of the ASGS. They are specifically designed to perform as the smallest geographical output of LFS data. Geographical classifications in standard labour force outputs use the ASGS from July 1991 onwards. Where older time series are presented old classifications are used. These are clearly marked in the outputs. For more information see Information Paper: Regional Labour Force Statistics (cat. no. 6262.0).

See 'Geography'.

Last worked two or more years ago

Unemployed persons who have not worked in the last 2 years are categorised as those who have never worked before (looking for first job) or those who last worked 2 or more years ago (former worker). These categories are presented as part of the Industry of last job and Occupation of last job variables.

VariablesProducts
Industry division of last job (ANZSIC)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ2b
Occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ3a, UQ3b

Left last job

Unemployed persons who have worked in the last two years are classified by whether they left or lost their job.

Persons who provided one of the following reasons for ceasing their last job are categorised as leaving their last job:

  • unsatisfactory work arrangements/pay/hours;
  • to obtain a better job or conditions;
  • the job was a holiday job;
  • they left the job to return to studies;
  • their last job was running their own business which closed down or was sold, for reasons other than financial difficulties;
  • start own or new business;
  • family reasons: get married, have children, holidays, caring, move house, spouse transferred; or
  • retired.
     

Persons who provide one of the following reasons for ceasing their last job are categorised as losing their last job:

  • laid off or retrenched from that job;
  • left that job because of their own ill-health or injury;
  • job was seasonal or temporary;
  • they were running their own business and the business closed down because of financial difficulties; or
  • dismissed.
     
VariablesProducts
Reason left or lost last job
-Lost last job
-Left last job
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ3a.

Level of highest educational attainment (ASCED)

Level of highest educational attainment identifies the highest achievement a person has attained in any area of study. It is not a measurement of the relative importance of different fields of study but a ranking of qualifications and other educational attainments regardless of the particular area of study or the type of institution in which the study was undertaken. For more information regarding how Level of highest educational attainment is derived see Education Variables (cat. no. 1246.0). It is categorised according to the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) (cat. no. 1272.0) Level of education classification.

VariablesProducts
Postgraduate Degree
Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate
Bachelor Degree
Advanced Diploma/Diploma
Certificate III/IV
Year 12 or equivalent
Year 11
Year 10
Below Year 10/No educational attainment
6291.0.55.003
Tables 24a, 24b
Datacubes LQ1, LQ2

Lone parent

A person with a parent-child relationship with at least one child usually resident in the household, and no husband, wife or partner usually resident in the household. The child may be either dependent or non-dependent. Previously referred to as sole parents.

See 'Relationship in household'.

Long-term unemployed

Persons who have searched for a job for 52 weeks or more are classified as long term unemployed. Duration of job search is measured by the elapsed number of weeks to the end of the reference week since an unemployed person began looking for work, or since that person last worked, whichever is the shorter. For persons who began looking for work while still employed, it is the period from the time the person last worked to the end of the reference week. 

VariablesProducts
Duration of job search - summary variables
-Number of weeks searching for a job ('000 Weeks)
-Average duration of job search (Weeks)
-Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Duration of job search - detailed duration
-Under 52 weeks (under 12 months)
---Under 4 weeks (under 1 month)
---4 weeks and under 13 weeks (1-3 months)
---13 weeks and under 26 weeks (3-6 months)
---26 weeks and under 52 weeks (6-12 months)
-52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
---52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
---104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
6291.0.55.001
Table 14a
Datacubes UM2, UM3
Duration of job search - summary variables
-Number of weeks searching for a job ('000 Weeks)
-Average duration of job search (Weeks)
-Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Duration of job search - detailed duration
-Under 52 weeks (under 12 months)
-Long-term unemployed
---52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
---52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
---104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
6291.0.55.001
Datacube FM4
Duration of job search - detailed duration
-Under 52 weeks (under 1 year)
-Long-term unemployed
---52 weeks and over (1 year and over)
---52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
---104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
6291.0.55.001
Table 14b
Duration of job search - summary variables
-Number of weeks searching for a job ('000 Weeks)
-Average duration of job search (Weeks)
-Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Duration of job search - detailed duration
-Under 52 weeks (under 12 months)
---Under 13 weeks (under 3 months)
---13 weeks and under 52 weeks (3-12 months)
-52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
6291.0.55.001
Datacube RM3

Long-term unemployment ratio

Persons who have searched for a job for 52 weeks or more are classified as long-term unemployed. Duration of job search is measured by the elapsed number of weeks to the end of the reference week since an unemployed person began looking for work, or since that person last worked, whichever is the shorter. For persons who began looking for work while still employed, it is the period from the time the person last worked to the end of the reference week.

The long-term unemployment ratio is the number of long-term unemployed persons expressed as a percentage of the total unemployed population.

VariablesProducts
Duration of job search
-Under 52 weeks (under 1 year)
-Long-term unemployed
---52 weeks and over (1 year and over)
---52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
---104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
Long-term unemployment ratio (%)
6291.0.55.001
Table 14b

Looking for first job

Unemployed persons who have never worked before are categorised as those who have never worked before (looking for first job) or those who last worked 2 or more years ago (former worker). These categories are presented as part of the Industry of last job and Occupation of last job variables.

VariablesProducts
Industry division of last job (ANZSIC)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ2b
Occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ3a, UQ3b

Lost last job

Unemployed persons who have worked in the last two years are classified by whether they left or lost their job.

Persons who provided one of the following reasons for ceasing their last job are categorised as leaving their last job:

  • unsatisfactory work arrangements/pay/hours;
  • to obtain a better job or conditions;
  • the job was a holiday job;
  • they left the job to return to studies;
  • their last job was running their own business which closed down or was sold, for reasons other than financial difficulties;
  • start own or new business;
  • family reasons: get married, have children, holidays, caring, move house, spouse transferred; or
  • retired.
     

Persons who provide one of the following reasons for ceasing their last job are categorised as losing their last job:

  • laid off or retrenched from that job;
  • left that job because of their own ill-health or injury;
  • job was seasonal or temporary;
  • they were running their own business and the business closed down because of financial difficulties; or
  • dismissed.
     
VariablesProducts
Reason left or lost last job
-Lost last job
-Left last job
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ3a.

Main English-speaking countries

See 'Country of birth'.

Main job

The job in which the person usually works the most hours. Variables such as industry and occupation are only collected in relation to a person's main job, and not each job they hold.

Major country group (subcontinent) of birth: SACC

See 'Country of birth'.

Marital status

See 'Social marital status'.

Market sector and non-market sector

The market sector includes the industries: Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Mining; Manufacturing; Electricity, gas, water and waste services; Construction; Wholesale trade; Retail trade; Accommodation and food services; Transport, postal and warehousing; Information media and telecommunications; Financial and insurance services; Rental, hiring and real estate services; Professional, scientific and technical services; Administrative and support services; Arts and recreation services; and Other services.

The non-market sector includes the industries: Education and training; Public administration & safety; and Health care and social assistance.

Industries are grouped into the market or non-market sector at the ANZSIC Division level. For more information see Australian System of National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5216.0).

VariablesProducts
Market
-Agriculture, forestry and fishing
-Rest of market
Non-market
-Education and training
-Rest of non-market
6202.0
Table 21

6291.0.55.003
Datacubes EQ03, EQ05, EQ06, EQ09, EQ10, EQ11, EQ12, EQ14, RQ1

Matched common sample

Respondents who report in consecutive months make up the matched common sample from which gross flow figures are derived.

After taking account of the sample rotation and varying non-response in each month, the matched common sample is approximately 80 percent of the original dataset for any month. The figures presented in gross flows do not align with published labour force estimates. The unmatched sample identifies those respondents who do not have a labour force status for the previous month, or those who do not have a labour force status for the current month.

VariablesProducts
Labour force status - current month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000)
---Incoming rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Labour force status - previous month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000)
---Outgoing rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1

See 'Gross flows'.

See 'Unmatched sample'.

Monthly hours worked in all jobs

Monthly hours worked in all jobs measures the total number of actual hours worked by employed persons in a calendar month. Monthly hours worked estimates can be aggregated across time to produce quarterly and annual estimates.

Monthly hours worked in all jobs was previously referred to as aggregate monthly hours worked.

For more information about this measure see: Information Paper: Expansion of Hours Worked Estimates from the Labour Force Survey (cat. no. 6290.0.55.001).

See 'Quarterly hours worked in all jobs'.

VariablesProducts
Monthly hours worked in all jobs
-Monthly hours worked in all jobs (employed full-time)
-Monthly hours worked in all jobs (employed part-time)
6202.0
Table 19

Non-market sector

The market sector includes the industries: Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Mining; Manufacturing; Electricity, gas, water and waste services; Construction; Wholesale trade; Retail trade; Accommodation and food services; Transport, postal and warehousing; Information media and telecommunications; Financial and insurance services; Rental, hiring and real estate services; Professional, scientific and technical services; Administrative and support services; Arts and recreation services; and Other services.

The non-market sector includes the industries: Education and training; Public administration & safety; and Health care and social assistance.

Industries are grouped into the market or non-market sector at the ANZSIC Division level. For more information see Australian System of National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5216.0).

VariablesProducts
Market
-Agriculture, forestry and fishing
-Rest of market
Non-market
-Education and training
-Rest of non-market
6202.0
Table 21

6291.0.55.003
Datacubes EQ03, EQ05, EQ06, EQ09, EQ10, EQ11, EQ12, EQ14, RQ1

Not in the Labour Force (NILF)

Persons not in the labour force are those persons who were not employed or unemployed during the reference week. For detailed description see Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

See 'Labour force status'.

Number of months with current employer or business

The elapsed period to the end of the reference week that an employed person has held their main job, that is the job in which a person works the most hours.

VariablesProducts
Detailed number of months with current employer or business
-Fewer than 12 months
-Fewer than 3 months
---3-5 months
---6-11 months
-12 months or more
---1-2 years
---3-5 years
---6-9 years
---10-19 years
---20 years or more
6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ02
Number of months with current employer or business
-With current employer or business for fewer than 12 months
-With current employer or business for 12 months or more
6291.0.55.003
Table 17

Number of weeks searching for a job

Aggregate number of weeks since a currently unemployed person began looking for work, or since a person last worked for two weeks or more, whichever is shorter.

Number of weeks searching for a job was previously referred to as aggregate duration of unemployment.

See 'Duration of job search'.

Concepts and data items O - S

Occupation

An occupation is a collection of jobs that are sufficiently similar in their title and tasks, skill level and skill specialisation. The ANZSCO -- Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (cat. no. 1220.0) is a skill-based classification used to classify jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets. In the Labour Force Survey (LFS), ANZSCO is used to describe the occupation of an employed person's current main job or an unemployed person's last job.

ANZSCO is a hierarchical classification that provides a broad overall picture of the labour market at the major (1 digit) level, and increasingly detailed dissections at the sub-major (2 digit), minor (3 digit), unit group (4 digit) and occupation (6 digit) levels. ANZSCO defines a job as a set of tasks performed by one person for an employer (including self-employment) in return for payment or profit.

VariablesProducts
Occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)6291.0.55.003
Tables 07, 12, 19, 28
Datacubes EQ7b, EQ09, EQ13, RQ2
Occupation major and sub-major group of main job (ANZSCO)6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ07a
Occupation major, sub-major, minor and unit group of main job (ANZSCO)6291.0.55.003
Datacube EQ08
Occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO)6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ3a, UQ3b

Occupation of last job

The occupation of an unemployed person's most recent job, classified according to the ANZSCO -- Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (cat. no. 1220.0).

Occupation of last job is collected from unemployed persons who have worked in the last 2 years.

Unemployed persons who have not worked in the last 2 years are categorised as those who have never worked before (looking for first job) or those who last worked 2 or more years ago (former worker). These categories are presented as part of the Occupation of last job variable.

VariablesProducts
Occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO)
Last worked part-time (for 2 weeks or more) less than 2 years ago (recent part-time worker) [1991-2001]
Last worked (for 2 weeks or more) 2 years or more ago (former worker) [1991-2014]
Last worked 2 years or more ago (former worker) [2014-current]
Has never worked for 2 weeks or more but has worked (for less than 2 weeks) [1991-2001]
Has never worked (for 2 weeks or more) before (looking for first job) [2001-2014]
Has never worked before (looking for first job) [1991-2001, 2014-current]
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ3a, UQ3b

One parent family

See 'Lone parent'.

Original series

Estimates before the seasonal and irregular impacts have been removed. Residual noise, seasonal patterns and the underlying direction of the series make it difficult to compare original series across different points in time.

See 'Seasonally adjusted series'.

See 'Trend series'.

Outgoing rotation group

The LFS sample is made up of eight rotation groups of approximately equal size and characteristics. Each rotation group is in the survey for a period of eight months. Each month a new rotation group enters the sample to replace the rotation group that completed its eighth survey the month before. During its eighth and last month in the survey, a rotation group is called the outgoing rotation group.

Owner Manager of Incorporated Enterprise (OMIE)

A person who operates his or her own incorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners (also know as limited liability company).

An owner manager of an incorporated enterprise (an OMIE) may or may not hire one or more employees in addition to themselves and/or other owners of that business.

See 'Status in employment'.

Owner Manager of Unincorporated Enterprise (OMUE)

A person who operates his or her own unincorporated enterprise or engages independently in a profession or trade.

An owner manager of an unincorporated enterprise may or may not hire one or more employees in addition to themselves and/or other owners of that business.

See 'Status in employment'.

Participation rate

The labour force (employed plus unemployed) expressed as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over in the same group.

See 'Labour force status'.

Part-time employed

Includes employed persons who usually worked fewer than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week.

See 'Labour force status'.

Part-time workers

Includes employed persons who usually worked fewer than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week.

See 'Labour force status'.

Persons ('000)

The number of persons with described characteristics expressed in thousands.

Persons not in the labour force

Persons not in the labour force are those persons who were not employed or unemployed during the reference week. For detailed description see Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

See 'Labour force status'.

Quarterly hours worked in all jobs

Quarterly hours worked in all jobs is a three month aggregate of monthly hours worked in all jobs. It shows the total number of actual hours worked by all employed persons in a period of three calendar months.

Monthly hours worked in all jobs was previously referred to as aggregate monthly hours worked. For more information about this measure see: Information Paper: Expansion of Hours Worked Estimates from the Labour Force Survey (cat. no. 6290.0.55.001).

VariablesProducts
Quarterly hours worked in all jobs ('000 hours)6202.0
Table 21

Reason for unemployment

See 'Reason left or lost last job'.

Reason left or lost last job

Unemployed persons who have worked in the last two years are classified by whether they left or lost their job.

Persons who provided one of the following reasons for ceasing their last job are categorised as leaving their last job:

  • unsatisfactory work arrangements/pay/hours;
  • to obtain a better job or conditions;
  • the job was a holiday job;
  • they left the job to return to studies;
  • their last job was running their own business which closed down or was sold, for reasons other than financial difficulties;
  • start own or new business;
  • family reasons: get married, have children, holidays, caring, move house, spouse transferred; or
  • retired.
     

Persons who provide one of the following reasons for ceasing their last job are categorised as losing their last job:

  • laid off or retrenched from that job;
  • left that job because of their own ill-health or injury;
  • job was seasonal or temporary;
  • they were running their own business and the business closed down because of financial difficulties; or
  • dismissed.
     
VariablesProducts
Reason left or lost last job
-Lost last job
-Left last job
6291.0.55.003
Datacubes UQ2a, UQ3a

Reason not in the labour force

A person's reason for not participating in the labour force.

Applicable only to persons not in the labour force. Persons classified as not in the labour force are those persons who were not employed or unemployed during the reference week.

VariablesProducts
Reason not in the labour force
-Waiting to start work, unavailable to start, but starting work in less than four weeks [1991-2001]
-Waiting to start work in 4 weeks or more [1991-2001]
-Actively looked for work but unavailable to start [1991-2001]
-Actively looked for work, unavailable to start, but available in next four weeks
-Actively looked for work but unavailable to start in next four weeks
-Passively looked for work
-Did not look for work
-Permanently not intending to work (aged 65 and over)
-Permanently unable to work
-Institutionalised
-At boarding school
6291.0.55.001
Datacubes NM1, NM2

Reference week

LFS data are obtained by interview (with an interviewer face-to-face or over the telephone, or through an online questionnaire). Interviews are generally conducted during the two weeks beginning on the Sunday between the 5th and 11th of each month. Most data obtained relates to the week before the interview, this is referred to as the reference week.

The reference week is not an output in LFS standard products. It is used as a mechanism to help respondents answer questions appropriately, and as a reference point to determine if a person was available to start work during a discrete period of time. This is important in determining if a person without work is unemployed or if they are not in the labour force. For more information see Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).

Relationship in household

Describes the relationship of each person residing within the same household.

VariablesProducts
Family member
-Husband, wife or partner
--Husband, wife or partner with dependants
----Husband, wife or partner with children under 15
----Husband, wife or partner with no children under 15 and with dependent students
--Husband, wife or partner without dependants
----Husband, wife or partner with non-dependent children only
----Husband, wife or partner without children
-Lone parent
--Lone parent with dependants
----Lone parent with children under 15
----Lone parent with no children under 15 and with dependent students
--Lone parent without dependants
----Lone parent with non-dependent children only
-Dependent student
-Non-dependent child
-Other related individual
Non-family member
-Non-family member lone person
-Non-family member not living alone
Visitor
Relationship not determined
6291.0.55.001
Datacubes FM1, FM2, FM3, FM4

Residual categories and supplementary codes

Residual categories in a classification are labelled Not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.), Not elsewhere included (n.e.i.), Other or Miscellaneous.

These categories are necessary because although in a classification meaningful categories are created through the application of certain criteria, not all observations can be classified into a homogeneous group, or the size of the observations does not allow them to be separately identified.

Supplementary codes are used to process inadequately described responses. Not Further Defined codes (sometimes referred to as Undefined codes) are used to process incomplete, non-specific or imprecise responses which cannot be coded to the most detailed level of a classification structure. For example, birthplace responses relating to places which cannot be identified as lying within the boundaries of a country separately identified in the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) (cat. no. 1269.0), but which lie wholly within the boundaries of one of the classification’s Minor Groups, are coded to that Minor Group.

It is important to note the distinction between Not Elsewhere Classified (NEC) categories and Not Further Defined (NFD) codes. NEC categories are a formal part of a classification’s structure, designed to make a classification complete and exhaustive of all observations in scope. Adequately described, specific responses are coded to NEC categories in instances where a suitable substantive category is not included in the classification. As explained above, NFD codes are designed to facilitate processing by allowing inadequately described or non-specific responses to be coded to a broader level of the classification rather than be lost altogether. NFD codes are not a formal part of the classification.

Other supplementary codes are also provided in classifications, for operational purposes, to facilitate the coding of responses to:

  • Inadequately Described - where a response contains insufficient information to be coded to any level of the classification;
  • Not Stated - where no response is provided; and
  • Not Applicable - where the question does not apply to the person and so no response is required.
     

Retrenchment

Includes retrenchment occurring in any job held in the three months prior to the survey reference week, not just the last job, and irrespective of a person’s current labour force status. This item is measured by the total number of persons who ceased a job during the last three months because they were either:

I. Retrenched, made redundant, employer went out of business, no work was available; or

II. Self-employed persons whose business closed down for economic reasons, including went broke, liquidated, no work, no supply or demand.

VariablesProducts
Retrenched (in previous quarter)
Employed total (previous quarter)
Retrenchment rate
6291.0.55.003
Tables 29a, 29b

Seasonally adjusted series

Seasonally adjusted estimates refer to original data that has had seasonal patterns removed. They contain residual noise and irregular influences that may be present in the underlying data. For very volatile series this makes it very difficult to compare seasonally adjusted movements at different points in time. Seasonally adjusted estimates are revised as new estimates become available.

See 'Original series'.

See 'Trend series'.

Sector of main job

Sector (public/private) of main job is used to classify a respondent's employer as a public or private enterprise. The public sector includes all government units, such as government departments, non-market non-profit institutions that are controlled and mainly financed by government, and corporations and quasi-corporations that are controlled by government. Private sector refers to enterprises that are not controlled by Commonwealth, state/territory or local governments (i.e. any enterprise that is not part of the public sector). More information on public and private sector is available in Standard Economic Sector Classifications of Australia (SESCA) (cat. no. 1218.0).

Sector (public/private) of main job is derived from the industry and business name collected in the LFS. A small number of responses are coded to "sector not further defined" as a result of insufficient information, and are considered private sector jobs.

Sector (public/private) of main job in the LFS has a broader scope than that of the supplementary surveys, as it includes Owner managers of unincorporated enterprises (OMUEs), while the supplementary surveys excluded OMUEs from their scope. LFS estimates and those from supplementary surveys also differ as the supplementary surveys are not conducted on the full LFS scope or sample (presently they are run on at most seven eighths of the sample). As a result, there may be small differences between sector of main job estimates from supplementary surveys and those from the LFS.

VariablesProducts
Public sector
Private sector
6291.0.55.003
Tables 26a, 26b, 27, 28

Sex

Demographic variable describing the male/female classification of the sex of a person.

VariablesProducts
Persons
-Males
-Females
6202.0
Tables 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25
Datacube GM1

6291.0.55.001
Tables 01, 02, 03, 08, 09, 10, 14a, 14b, 16, 20b
Datacubes LM1, LM3, LM4, LM5, LM7, EM1a, EM2a, EM3a, EM4a, EM5a, EM6, RM1, FM1, NM1

6291.0.55.003
Tables 06, 07, 17, 19, 23a, 23b, 24b, 25b, 26b, 29b
Datacubes EQ02, EQ03, EQ04, EQ06, EQ07a, EQ08, EQ09, RQ1, RQ2, UQ2a, UQ3a

Social marital status

A presence or absence of marriage for any person. The marriage may be registered or de facto.

VariablesProducts
Married
Not married
6291.0.55.001
Table 01
Datacube LM1

Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC)

See 'Country of birth'.

State and territory

This refers to State or territory of usual residence during the reference week.

Geographical classifications in standard labour force outputs use the ASGS from July 1991 onwards. Where older time series are presented old classifications are used. These are clearly marked in the outputs. For more information see Information Paper: Regional Labour Force Statistics (cat. no. 6262.0).

See 'Geography'.

Statistical Area level 4 (SA4)

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is used to classify geographical areas of Australia for statistical purposes. In the LFS, geographical areas relate to a person's usual residence, classified according to the ASGS.

The ASGS is constructed of approximately 347,000 mesh blocks covering the whole of Australia. The main structure of the ASGS is a hierarchy of Statistical Areas which are built from whole mesh blocks. Statistical Areas Level 1 to 3 have populations that are too small to support LFS outputs. Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s) are the largest sub-state regions. They are specifically designed to perform as the smallest geographical output of LFS data. Geographical classifications in standard labour force outputs use the ASGS from July 1991 onwards. Where older time series are presented old classifications are used. These are clearly marked in the outputs. For more information see Information Paper: Regional Labour Force Statistics (cat. no. 6262.0).

Labour market regions are equivalent to Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s) and are smallest geographical output of LFS data.

See 'Geography'.

Status in employment

Status in employment is determined by an employed person's position in relation to their job, and is usually collected in respect of a person's main job if they hold more than one job. Employed persons are classified according to the reported relationship between the person and the enterprise for which they work, together with the legal status of the enterprise where this can be established. The groups include:

  • Employee with paid leave entitlements
  • Employee without paid leave entitlements
  • Owner manager of incorporated enterprise (OMIE) with employees
  • Owner manager of incorporated enterprise (OMIE) without employees
  • Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise (OMUE) with employees
  • Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise (OMUE) without employees and
  • Contributing family workers.
     

Applicable to employed persons only.

VariablesProducts
Employee
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise
-Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees
-Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise
-Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees
-Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees
Contributing family worker
6291.0.55.001
Table 08
Datacube EM6
Employee
-with paid leave entitlements
-without paid leave entitlements
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees
Contributing family worker
6291.0.55.003
Table 13
Datacubes EQ04, EQ05, EQ07b

Concepts and data items T - Z

Trend series

A smoothed seasonally adjusted series of estimates. The trend estimate indicates the underlying level of the series and is directly comparable at different points in time. Trend estimates are revised as new original or seasonally adjusted estimates become available.

See 'Original series'.

See 'Seasonally adjusted series'.

Underemployed workers

Employed persons aged 15 years and over who want, and are available for, more hours of work than they currently have. They include:

  • persons employed part-time who want to work more hours and are available to start work with more hours, either in the reference week or in the four weeks subsequent to the survey, or
  • persons employed full-time who worked part-time hours in the reference week for economic reasons (such as being stood down or insufficient work being available). It is assumed that these persons wanted to work full-time in the reference week and would have been available to do so.
     
VariablesProducts
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 22, 23
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
-Underemployed full-time (worked part-time for economic reasons) ('000)
-Underemployed part-time (prefer more hours) ('000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 24, 25
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed (‘000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
6291.0.55.003
Table 19

Underemployment ratio

The number of underemployed workers expressed as a percentage of total employed.

VariablesProducts
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 22, 23
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
-Underemployed full-time (worked part-time for economic reasons) ('000)
-Underemployed part-time (prefer more hours) ('000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 24, 25
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed (‘000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
6291.0.55.003
Table 19

Underutilisation rate

The sum of the number of unemployed persons and the number of underemployed workers expressed as a percentage of the labour force.

VariablesProducts
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 22, 23
Employed total (‘000)
Underemployed total (‘000)
-Underemployed full-time (worked part-time for economic reasons) ('000)
-Underemployed part-time (prefer more hours) ('000)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Underutilisation rate (%)
6202.0
Tables 24, 25

Unemployed

Persons aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week and:

  • had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and were available for work in the reference week, or
  • were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.
     

See 'Labour force status'.

Unemployed looked for full-time work

Unemployed persons who:

  • actively looked for full-time work; or
  • were waiting to start a new full-time job.
     
VariablesProducts
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000)
-Unemployed looked for only full-time work ('000)
-Unemployed looked for both full-time and part-time work ( '000)
6202.0
Tables 24, 25

See 'Labour force status'.

Unemployed looked for only part-time work

Unemployed persons who:

  • actively looked for part-time work only; or
  • were waiting to start a new part-time job.
     

See 'Labour force status'.

Unemployed persons classified by industry and occupation

See 'Industry of last job'.

See 'Occupation of last job'.

Unemployment rate

The number of unemployed persons expressed as a percentage of the total labour force in the same group.

See 'Labour force status'.

Unemployment rate looked for full-time work

The number of unemployed persons who looked for full-time work expressed as a percentage of the full-time labour force.

See 'Labour force status'.

Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work

The number of unemployed persons who looked for only part-time work expressed as a percentage of the part-time labour force.

See 'Labour force status'.

Unmatched common sample

The unmatched common sample consists of respondents from households who were part of the seven common rotation groups for the current and previous month (i.e. not part of the incoming group), but for whom a response was obtained in the current but not the previous month, or vice versa. This may be due to, for example, new or different persons residing in the same household, or the same respondent from a household being unable to be contacted in the current or previous month.

VariablesProducts
Labour force status - current month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000)
---Incoming rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Labour force status - previous month
-Employed total (‘000)
-Employed full-time (‘000)
-Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000)
-Outgoing rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1

See 'Incoming rotation group'.

See 'Outgoing rotation group'.

See 'Unmatched sample'.

Unmatched sample

The unmatched sample for a particular month identifies those respondents who do not have a labour force status for the previous month, or those who do not have a labour force status for the current month.

The total unmatched sample consists of distinct two groups:

  • the incoming rotation group, and
  • the unmatched common sample.
     

In considering the contribution of the unmatched sample, different sample components will be relevant to the analysis. If the contribution to growth between months is being determined, the difference between the outgoing and incoming rotation groups, as well as differences in the unmatched common sample, will be relevant. If the analysis is focussed on a particular level estimate for a given month, only the incoming rotation group and the unmatched common sample which is new to sample for the month will be of interest.

VariablesProducts
Labour force status - current month
-Employed total (‘000)
---Employed full-time (‘000)
---Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
---Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000)
---Incoming rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1
Labour force status - previous month
-Employed total (‘000)
-Employed full-time (‘000)
-Employed part-time (‘000)
-Unemployed (‘000)
-Labour force (‘000)
-Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
-Matched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched sample (‘000)
-Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000)
-Outgoing rotation group (‘000)
-Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000)
6202.0
Datacube GM1

See 'Incoming rotation group'

See 'Outgoing rotation group'

See 'Unmatched common sample'

Usual hours worked

See 'Hours usually worked'

Usual resident

The scope of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) is limited to persons who are usual residents of Australia. This scope is consistent with the measurement of Australia's Estimated Resident Population (ERP), the official measure of the population of Australia, which is also based on the concept of usual residence.

Usual residency refers to all persons, regardless of nationality, citizenship or legal status, who usually live in Australia, with the exception of foreign diplomatic personnel and their families. In calculating ERP, the ABS employs a '12/16 month rule' where the traveller can be added to, or subtracted from, ERP if they have stayed in, or been absent from, Australia for a period of 12 months or more, over a 16 month period. This 12 month period does not have to be continuous. Travellers who arrive in Australia for a holiday or a short stay are not counted as part of the resident population, and conversely those who leave for short periods are not excluded.

In practise, the "12/16" month rule is applied in the LFS by determining if a survey respondent who was born overseas, and has been in Australia for less than 12 months, intends to stay in Australia for a period of 12 months or longer.

Volume measures of underutilisation

There are generally two approaches for analysing data related to labour underutilisation - headcount (number of persons) and volume measures (based on hours). While headline measures of unemployment and underemployment usually relate to headcounts, the hours measures provide further information important for analysing the labour market.

Specifically, volume measures relate to the unused potential hours of labour in comparison to the hours usually worked by employed persons. They are relevant for analysing the spare capacity of the labour force, as they take into account the number of hours sought and additional hours preferred by individuals whose labour is not fully utilised.

Underutilised hours of labour are comprised of:

  • for unemployed persons: the number of hours of work sought;
  • for part-time underemployed persons: the number of additional hours preferred; and
  • for full-time underemployed persons (i.e. full-time employed persons who worked less than 35 hours in the reference week for economic reasons): the difference between the number of hours usually worked and actually worked in the reference week.
     

The total potential hours in the labour force is the sum of the hours usually worked by all employed persons, plus the number of hours of underutilised labour as described above.

VariablesProducts
Number of additional hours preferred or hours not worked by underemployed ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of underemployment rate (%)
Number of hours sought by unemployed ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of unemployment rate (%)
Number of potential hours in the labour force ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of underutilisation rate (%)
6291.0.55.003
Tables 23a, 23b

Year of arrival

See 'Elapsed years since arrival'

Detailed information on products

Statistics from the Labour Force Survey are released in two stages.

Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) is the first release. This product includes final Australia, state and territory level statistics on:

  • employment
  • unemployment
  • underemployment
  • underutilisation
  • participation
  • aggregate monthly and quarterly hours worked and
  • gross flows.
     

Information is presented in a pdf summary publication, spreadsheets and a datacube (gross flows).

The second release of data occurs one week later in Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001). This publication includes spreadsheets and datacubes with additional detail relating to the estimates published in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

Additional information is collected in the Labour Force Survey each February, May, August, and November. This information is published with the second release of data for these months in Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003). These products contain spreadsheets and datacubes only.

Prior to February 2009, all spreadsheets relating to Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) were released in Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets (cat. no. 6202.0.55.001).

Detailed information on products - Labour force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0)

Spreadsheets

Table 1. Labour force status by Sex, Australia - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 4. Labour force status by Sex, New South Wales - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 5. Labour force status by Sex, Victoria - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 6. Labour force status by Sex, Queensland - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 7. Labour force status by Sex, South Australia - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 8. Labour force status by Sex, Western Australia - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 9. Labour force status by Sex, Tasmania - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 10. Labour force status by Sex, Northern Territory - Trend and Original

Table 11. Labour force status by Sex, Australian Capital Territory - Trend and Original

Table 12. Labour force status by Sex, State and Territory - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 13. Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by Sex - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 15. Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by Educational attendance (full-time) and Sex

Table 16. Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by State, Territory and Educational attendance (full-time)

Table 17. Labour force status for 15-19 year olds by Sex - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 18. Labour force status for 15-64 year olds by Sex - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 19. Monthly hours worked in all jobs by Employed full-time, part-time and Sex and by State and Territory - Trend and Seasonally adjusted

Table 21. Quarterly hours worked in all jobs by Market and Non-market sector - Seasonally adjusted

Table 22. Underutilised persons by Age and Sex - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 23. Underutilised persons by State, Territory and Sex - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 24. Underutilised persons by Age and Sex, Monthly

Table 25. Underutilised persons by State, Territory and Sex, Monthly

Datacubes

Datacube GM1 - Labour force status and Gross changes (flows) by Age, Sex, State and territory, February 1991 onwards

6202.0 Table 1Labour force status by sex, Australia - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 4Labour force status by sex, New South Wales - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyNew South Wales
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 5Labour force status by sex, Victoria - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyVictoria
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 6Labour force status by sex, Queensland - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyQueensland
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 7Labour force status by sex, South Australia - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographySouth Australia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 8Labour force status by sex, Western Australia - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyWestern Australia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 9Labour force status by sex, Tasmania - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyTasmania
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 10Labour force status by sex, Northern Territory - trend and original
Series typeTrend and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyNorthern Territory
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 11Labour force status by sex, Australian Capital Territory - trend and original
Series typeTrend and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralian Capital Territory
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 12Labour force status by sex, state and territory - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original (Seasonally adjusted series not presented for NT or ACT)
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory: ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original only at state and territory level, all series at Australia level)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only at state and territory level, all series at Australia level)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original only at state and territory level, all series at Australia level)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%) (Original series only at state and territory level, all series at Australia level)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only at state and territory level, all series at Australia level)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 13Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by sex - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15-24 year olds
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15-24 years ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 15Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by educational attendance (full-time) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startApril 1986
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15-24 year olds
SexMales, Females, Persons
Educational attendance (full-time)Attending full-time education Attending tertiary education institution full-time Attending school (aged 15-19 years) Not attending full-time education
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15-24 years ('000 persons)
 
6202.0 Table 16Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by state, territory and educational attendance (full-time)
Series typeOriginal
Series startApril 1986
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory: ASGS (2011)
Age15-24 year olds
SexPersons
Educational attendance (full-time)Attending full-time education Attending tertiary education institution full-time Attending school (aged 15-19 years) Not attending full-time education
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15-24 years ('000 persons)
 
6202.0 Table 17Labour force status for 15-19 year olds by sex - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15-19 year olds
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%) (Original series only)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15-19 years ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 18Labour force status for 15-64 year olds by sex - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15-64 year olds
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) ('000 persons) (Original series only)
Civilian population aged 15-64 years ('000 persons) (Original series only)
 
6202.0 Table 19Monthly hours worked in all jobs by employed full-time, part-time and sex and by state and territory - trend and seasonally adjusted
Series typeTrend and Seasonally Adjusted (Trend series only for NT and ACT)
Series startJuly 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory: ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Monthly hours workedMonthly hours worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
Monthly hours worked in all jobs (employed full-time) ('000 hours) (Australia level only)
Monthly hours worked in all jobs (employed part-time) ('000 hours) (Australia level only)
 
6202.0 Table 21Quarterly hours worked in all jobs by market and non-market sector - seasonally adjusted
Series typeSeasonally Adjusted
Series startDecember 1984
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing ('000 hours)
Rest of market ('000 hours)
Non-market
Education and training ('000 hours)
Rest of non-market ('000 hours)
Quarterly hours workedQuarterly hours worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
 
6202.0 Table 22Underutilised persons by age and sex - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 10 year age groups up to 55 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Underutilisation rate (%)
 
6202.0 Table 23Underutilised persons by state, territory and sex - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally Adjusted and Original (Seasonally adjusted series not presented for NT or ACT)
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory: ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force) (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons)
Underutilisation rate (%)
 
6202.0 Table 24Underutilised persons by age and sex, monthly
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 2014
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 10 year age groups up to 55 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployed full-time (worked part-time for economic reasons) ('000 persons)
Underemployed part-time (prefer more hours) ('000 persons)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons )
Underutilisation rate (%)
 
6202.0 Table 25Underutilised persons by state, territory and sex, monthly
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 2014
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployed full-time (worked part-time for economic reasons) ('000 persons)
Underemployed part-time (prefer more hours) ('000 persons)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
Underemployment rate (proportion of labour force (%)
Unemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total ('000 persons )
Underutilisation rate (%)
 
6202.0 Datacube GM1Labour force status and gross changes (flows) by age, sex, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
Series frequency GeographyMonthly State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
SexMales, Females, Persons
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
Labour force status - previous monthEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Unemployed (‘000 persons)
Labour force (‘000 persons)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Matched sample (‘000 persons)
Unmatched sample (‘000 persons)
Unmatched in common sample (responded in current month but not in previous) (‘000 persons)
Incoming rotation group (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over – current month (‘000 persons)
Labour force status - current monthEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Unemployed (‘000 persons)
Labour force (‘000 persons)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Matched sample (‘000 persons)
Unmatched sample (‘000 persons)
Unmatched in common sample (responded in previous month but not in current) (‘000 persons)
Outgoing rotation group (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over – previous month (‘000 persons)

Detailed information on products - Labour force, Australia detailed electronic delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001)

Spreadsheets

Table 01 - Labour force status by Age, Social marital status, and Sex

Table 02 - Labour force status by State, Territory, Greater capital city, Rest of state (ASGS) and Sex

Table 03 - Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by Age, Educational attendance (full-time) and Sex and by State, Territory and Educational attendance (full-time)

Table 08 - Employed persons by Status in employment of main job and Sex

Table 09 - Employed persons by Hours actually worked in all jobs and Sex

Table 10 - Employed persons by Hours usually worked in all jobs and Sex

Table 14a - Unemployed persons by Duration of job search and Sex

Table 14b - Unemployed persons by Duration of job search and Sex - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original

Table 16 - Labour force status by Labour market region (ASGS) and Sex

Table 20a - Unemployed persons who looked for full-time and part-time work by Age

Table 20b - Unemployed persons who looked for full-time and part-time work by Sex

Table 20c - Unemployed persons who looked for full-time and part-time work by State and Territory

Datacubes

Datacube LM1 - Labour force status by Age, Greater Capital City and Rest of State (ASGS), Marital status and Sex, February 1978 onwards

Datacube LM3 - Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by Age, Educational attendance (full-time), Highest year of school completed (ASCED) and Sex, July 2014 onwards

Datacube LM4 - Labour force status by Elapsed years since arrival, Major country group (subcontinent) of birth (SACC), Sex, State and Territory, January 1991 onwards

Datacube LM5 - Labour force status by Age, Major country group (subcontinent) of birth (SACC), and Sex, January 1991 onwards

Datacube LM7 - Labour force status by Elapsed years since arrival, Main English-speaking countries, Sex, State and Territory, January 1991 onwards

Datacube EM1a - Employed persons by Age, Hours actually worked in all jobs and Sex, January 1991 onwards

Datacube EM1b - Employed persons by Hours actually worked in all jobs, State and Territory, January 1991 onwards

Datacube EM2a - Employed persons who worked fewer hours than usual by Age, Hours actually worked in all jobs and Sex, January 1991 onwards

Datacube EM2b - Employed persons who worked fewer hours than usual by Hours actually worked in all jobs, State and Territory, January 1991 onwards

Datacube EM3a - Employed persons by Age, Hours usually worked in all jobs and Sex, April 2001 onwards

Datacube EM3b - Employed persons by Hours usually worked in all jobs, State and Territory, April 2001 onwards

Datacube EM4a - Employed persons by Age, Hours actually worked in main job and Sex, April 2001 onwards

Datacube EM4b - Employed persons by Hours actually worked in main job, State and Territory, April 2001 onwards

Datacube EM5a - Employed persons by Age, Hours usually worked in main job and Sex, July 2014 onwards

Datacube EM5b - Employed persons by Hours usually worked in main job, State and Territory, July 2014 onwards

Datacube EM6 - Employed persons by Hours actually worked in all jobs, Sex and Status in employment of main job, January 1991 onwards

Datacube UM2 - Unemployed persons by Duration of job search, State and Territory, January 1991 onwards

Datacube UM3 - Unemployed persons by Age and Duration of job search, January 1991 onwards

Datacube RM1 - Labour force status by Age, Labour market region (ASGS) and Sex, October 1998 onwards

Datacube RM3 - Unemployed persons by Duration of job search and Labour market region (ASGS), July 1991 onwards

Datacube FM1 - Labour force status by Relationship in household, Sex, State and Territory, January 1991 onwards

Datacube FM2 - Labour force status by Age and Relationship in household, January 1991 onwards

Datacube FM3 - Employed persons by Hours actually worked in all jobs and Relationship in household, January 1991 onwards

Datacube FM4 - Unemployed persons by Duration of job search and Relationship in household, January 1991 onwards

Datacube NM1 - Persons not in the labour force (NILF) by Age, Reason not in the labour force and Sex, January 1991 onwards

Datacube NM2 - Persons not in the labour force (NILF) by Reason not in the labour force, State and Territory, January 1991 onwards

6291.0.55.001 Table 01Labour force status by age, social marital status, and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Social marital statusMarried
Not Married
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 02Labour force status by state, territory, greater capital city, rest of state (ASGS) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Greater capital city statistical area: ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 03Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by age, educational attendance (full-time) and sex and by state, territory and educational attendance (full-time)
Series typeOriginal
Series startApril 1986
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15-24 year olds presented in 5 year age groups
SexMales, Females, Persons
Educational attendance (full-time)Attending full-time education
Not attending full-time education
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Unemployment rate looked for full-time work (%)
Unemployment rate looked for only part-time work (%)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15-24 years (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 08Employed persons by status in employment of main job and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Status in employmentEmployee
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees
Contributing family worker
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 09Employed persons by hours actually worked in all jobs and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 10Employed persons by hours usually worked in all jobs and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startApril 2001
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Hours usually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsUsually works 1 hour or more
Usually works fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Usually works 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Usually doesn't work (0 hours)
Hours usually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours usually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Weekly hours usually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 14aUnemployed persons by duration of job search and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Duration of job search - detailed durationUnder 52 weeks (under 12 months)
Under 4 weeks (under 1 month)
4 weeks and under 13 weeks (1-3 months)
13 weeks and under 26 weeks (3-6 months)
26 weeks and under 52 weeks (6-12 months)
52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
Duration of job search - summary variablesNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search ('000 Weeks)
Median duration of job search ('000 Weeks)
Labour force statusUnemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 14bUnemployed persons by duration of job search and sex - trend, seasonally adjusted and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally adjusted and Original
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Duration of job search - detailed durationUnemployed
Under 52 weeks (under 1 year)
Long-term unemployed
52 weeks and over (1 year and over)
52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
Long-term unemployment ratio (%)
Labour force statusUnemployed total (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 16Labour force status by labour market region (ASGS) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startOctober 1998
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Greater capital city statistical area: ASGS (2011)
Labour market region (SA4): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 20aUnemployed persons who looked for full-time and part-time work by age
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 2014
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over group
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusUnemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for both full-time and part time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 20bUnemployed persons who looked for full-time and part-time work by sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 2014
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusUnemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for both full-time and part time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Table 20cUnemployed persons who looked for full-time and part-time work by state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 2014
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusUnemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for both full-time and part time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube LM1Labour force status by age, greater capital city and rest of state (ASGS), marital status and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1978
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Greater capital city statistical area: ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Social marital statusMarried
Not married
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube LM3Labour force status for 15-24 year olds by age, educational attendance (full-time), highest year of school completed (ASCED) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 2014
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15-24 year olds
SexMales, Females, Persons
Educational attendance (full-time)Attending full-time education
Attending tertiary educational institution full-time
Attending school (aged 15-19 years)
Not attending full-time education
Highest year of school completed (ASCED)Senior Secondary Education
Year 12 or equivalent
Year 11
Junior Secondary Education
Year 10
Year 9 or below/Never attended school
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15-24 years (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube LM4Labour force status by elapsed years since arrival, major country group (subcontinent) of birth (SACC), sex, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Major country group (subcontinent) of birth: SACCAustralia (includes External Territories)
Born overseas
Oceania and Antarctica
North-West Europe
Southern and Eastern Europe
North Africa and the Middle East
South-East Asia
North-East Asia
Southern and Central Asia
Americas
Sub-Saharan Africa
Inadequately described / Born at sea
Not stated
Elapsed years since arrivalArrived 20 or more years ago
Arrived 15-19 years ago
Arrived 10-14 years ago
Arrived 5-9 years ago
Arrived within last 5 years
Born in Australia
Not stated / Inadequately described / Born at sea
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube LM5Labour force status by age, major country group (subcontinent) of birth (SACC), and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Major country group (subcontinent) of birth: SACC (2011)Australia (includes External Territories)
Born overseas
Oceania and Antarctica
North-West Europe
Southern and Eastern Europe
North Africa and the Middle East
South-East Asia
North-East Asia
Southern and Central Asia
Americas
Sub-Saharan Africa
Inadequately described / Born at sea Not stated
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube LM7Labour force status by elapsed years since arrival, main English-speaking countries, sex, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Main-English speaking countriesBorn overseas
Main English-speaking countries
Other than main English-speaking countries
Born in Australia (includes External Territories)
Not stated / Inadequately described / Born at sea
Elapsed years since arrivalArrived 20 or more years ago
Arrived 15-19 years ago
Arrived 10-14 years ago
Arrived 5-9 years ago
Arrived within 5 years
Born in Australia
Not stated / Inadequately described / Born at sea
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM1aEmployed persons by age, hours actually worked in all jobs and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed part-time ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM1bEmployed persons by hours actually worked in all jobs, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed part-time ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM2aEmployed persons who worked fewer hours than usual by age, hours actually worked in all jobs and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Reason worked fewer hours than usual [Jul 2014 onwards]No work, not enough work available, or stood down
Annual leave, holidays, flextime, or long service leave
Own illness or injury or sick leave
Standard work arrangements or shift work
Personal reasons, study, caring for sick or injured family
Maternity, paternity or parental leave
Bad weather or plant breakdown
Began, left or lost a job during the week
Worked fewer hours than usual for other reasons
Reason worked fewer than 35 hours [Jan 1991 - Jun 2014]Stood down, on short time, insufficient work
Leave, holiday or flextime, personal reasons
Own illness or injury
Bad weather, plant breakdown
Began or left job in the reference week
Shift work, standard work arrangements
Other reasons
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed part-time ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM2bEmployed persons who worked fewer hours than usual by hours actually worked in all jobs, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Reason worked fewer hours than usual [Jul 2014 onwards]No work, not enough work available, or stood down
Annual leave, holidays, flextime, or long service leave
Own illness or injury or sick leave
Standard work arrangements or shift work
Personal reasons, study, caring for sick or injured family
Maternity, paternity or parental leave
Bad weather or plant breakdown
Began, left or lost a job during the week
Worked fewer hours than usual for other reasons
Reason worked fewer than 35 hours [Jan 1991 - Jun 2014]Stood down, on short time, insufficient work
Leave, holiday or flextime, personal reasons
Own illness or injury
Bad weather, plant breakdown
Began or left job in the reference week
Shift work, standard work arrangements
Other reasons
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed part-time ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM3aEmployed persons by age, hours usually worked in all jobs and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startApril 2001
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Hours usually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsUsually works 1 hour or more
Usually works fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Usually works 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Usually doesn't work (0 hours)
Hours usually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours usually worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in all jobs employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in all jobs employed part-time ('000 hours)
Weekly hours usually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM3bEmployed persons by hours usually worked in all jobs, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startApril 2001
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Hours usually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsUsually works 1 hour or more
Usually works fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Usually works 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Usually doesn't work (0 hours)
Hours usually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours usually worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in all jobs employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in all jobs employed part-time ('000 hours)
Weekly hours usually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM4aEmployed persons by age, hours actually worked in main job and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startApril 2001
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Hours actually worked in main job - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in main job - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in main job ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in main job employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in main job employed part-time ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in main job per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM4bEmployed persons by hours actually worked in main job, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startApril 2001
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Hours actually worked in main job - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in main job - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in main job ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in main job employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in main job employed part-time ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in main job per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM5aEmployed persons by age, hours usually worked in main job and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 2014
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Hours usually worked in main job - detailed hour groupsUsually works 1 hour or more
Usually works fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Usually works 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Usually doesn't work (0 hours)
Hours usually worked in main job - summary variablesNumber of hours usually worked in main job ('000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in main job employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in main job employed part-time ('000 hours)
Weekly hours usually worked in main job per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM5bEmployed persons by hours usually worked in main job, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 2014
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Hours usually worked in main job - detailed hour groupsUsually works 1 hour or more
Usually works fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Usually works 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Usually doesn't work (0 hours)
Hours usually worked in main job - summary variablesNumber of hours usually worked in main job ('000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in main job employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in main job employed part-time ('000 hours)
Weekly hours usually worked in main job per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube EM6Employed persons by hours actually worked in all jobs, sex and status in employment of main job
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Status in employmentEmployee
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees
Contributing family worker
Hours actually worked in all jobsNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed full-time ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs employed part-time ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube UM2Unemployed persons by duration of job search, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Duration of job search - detailed durationUnder 52 weeks (under 12 months)
Under 4 weeks (under 1 month)
4 weeks and under 13 weeks (1-3 months)
13 weeks and under 26 weeks (3-6 months)
26 weeks and under 52 weeks (6-12 months)
52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
Duration of job search - summary variablesNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search (Weeks)
Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Labour force status itemsUnemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked only for part-time work (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube UM3Unemployed persons by age and duration of job search
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over in 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexPersons
Duration of job search - detailed durationUnder 52 weeks (under 12 months)
Under 4 weeks (under 1 month)
4 weeks and under 13 weeks (1-3 months)
13 weeks and under 26 weeks (3-6 months)
26 weeks and under 52 weeks (6-12 months)
52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
Duration of job search - summary variablesNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search (Weeks)
Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Labour force status itemsUnemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work (‘000 persons)
Unemployed looked only for part-time work (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube RM1Labour force status by age, labour market region (ASGS) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startOctober 1998
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory: (ASGS) (2011)
Greater capital city statistical area: ASGS (2011)
Labour market region (SA4): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over in 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube RM3Unemployed persons by duration of job search and labour market region (ASGS)
Series typeOriginal
Series startJuly 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory: ASGS (2011)
Greater capital city statistical area: ASGS (2011)
Labour market region (SA4): ASGS (2011) (October 1998 onwards)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Duration of job search - detailed durationUnder 52 weeks (under 12 months)
Under 13 weeks (under 3 months)
13 weeks and under 52 weeks (3-12 months)
52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
Duration of job search - summary variablesNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search (Weeks)
Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Labour force statusUnemployed total (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube FM1Labour force status by relationship in household, sex, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Relationship in householdFamily member
Husband, wife or partner
Husband, wife or partner with dependants
Husband, wife or partner with children under 15
Husband, wife or partner with no children under 15 and with dependent students
Husband, wife or partner without dependants
Husband, wife or partner with non-dependent children only
Husband, wife or partner without children
Lone parent
Lone parent with dependants
Lone parent with children under 15
Lone parent with no children under 15 and with dependent students
Lone parent without dependants
Lone parent with non-dependent children only
Dependent student
Non-dependent child
Other related individual
Non-family member
Non-family member lone person
Non-family member not living alone
Visitor
Relationship not determined
Labour force status itemsEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube FM2Labour force status by age and relationship in household
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexPersons
Relationship in householdFamily member
Husband, wife or partner
Husband, wife or partner with dependants
Husband, wife or partner with children under 15
Husband, wife or partner with no children under 15 and with dependent students
Husband, wife or partner without dependants
Husband, wife or partner with non-dependent children only
Husband, wife or partner without children
Lone parent
Lone parent with dependants
Lone parent with children under 15
Lone parent with no children under 15 and with dependent students
Lone parent without dependants
Lone parent with non-dependent children only
Dependent student
Non-dependent child
Other related individual
Non-family member
Non-family member lone person
Non-family member not living alone
Visitor
Relationship not determined
Labour force status itemsEmployed total (‘000 persons)
Employed full-time (‘000 persons)
Employed part-time (‘000 persons)
Unemployed total (‘000 persons)
Labour force total (‘000 persons)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube FM3Employed persons by hours actually worked in all jobs and relationship in household
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Relationship in householdFamily member
Husband, wife or partner
Husband, wife or partner with dependants
Husband, wife or partner with children under 15
Husband, wife or partner with no children under 15 and with dependent students
Husband, wife or partner without dependants
Husband, wife or partner with non-dependent children only
Husband, wife or partner without children
Lone parent
Lone parent with dependants
Lone parent with children under 15
Lone parent with no children under 15 and with dependent students
Lone parent without dependants
Lone parent with non-dependent children only
Dependent student
Non-dependent child
Other related individual
Non-family member
Non-family member lone person
Non-family member not living alone
Visitor
Relationship not determined
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) ('000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (employed full-time) ('000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (employed part-time) ('000 hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube FM4Unemployed persons by duration of job search and relationship in household
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Relationship in householdFamily member
Husband, wife or partner
Husband, wife or partner with dependants
Husband, wife or partner with children under 15
Husband, wife or partner with no children under 15 and with dependent students
Husband, wife or partner without dependants
Husband, wife or partner with non-dependent children only
Husband, wife or partner without children
Lone parent
Lone parent with dependants
Lone parent with children under 15
Lone parent with no children under 15 and with dependent students
Lone parent without dependants
Lone parent with non-dependent children only
Dependent student
Non-dependent child
Other related individual
Non-family member
Non-family member lone person
Non-family member not living alone
Visitor
Relationship not determined
Duration of job search - detailed durationUnder 52 weeks (under 12 months)
52 weeks and over (Long-term unemployed)
52 weeks and under 104 weeks (1-2 years)
104 weeks and over (2 years and over)
Duration of job search - summary variablesNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search (Weeks)
Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Labour force status itemsUnemployed total (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube NM1Persons not in the labour force (NILF) by age, reason not in the labour force and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over in 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Reason not in the labour forceWaiting to start work, unavailable to start, but starting work in less than four weeks [1991-2001]
Waiting to start work in 4 weeks or more [1991-2001]
Actively looked for work but unavailable to start [1991-2001]
Actively looked for work, unavailable to start, but available in next four weeks
Actively looked for work but unavailable to start in next four weeks
Passively looked for work
Did not look for work
Permanently not intending to work (aged 65 and over)
Permanently unable to work
Institutionalised
At boarding school
Labour force statusNot in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.001 Datacube NM2Persons not in the labour force (NILF) by reason not in the labour force, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startJanuary 1991
FrequencyMonthly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Reason not in the labour forceWaiting to start work, unavailable to start, but starting work in less than four weeks [1991-2001]
Waiting to start work in 4 weeks or more [1991-2001]
Actively looked for work but unavailable to start [1991-2001]
Actively looked for work, unavailable to start, but available in next four weeks
Actively looked for work but unavailable to start in next four weeks
Passively looked for work
Did not look for work
Permanently not intending to work (aged 65 and over)
Permanently unable to work
Institutionalised
At boarding school
Labour force statusNot in the labour force (NILF) (‘000 persons)

Detailed information on products - Labour force, Australia detailed - quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003)

Spreadsheets

Table 04 - Employed persons by Industry division of main job (ANZSIC) - Trend, Seasonally adjusted, and Original

Table 05 - Employed persons by State, Territory and Industry division of main job (ANZSIC)

Table 06 - Employed persons by Industry sub-division of main job (ANZSIC) and Sex

Table 07 - Employed persons by Occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO) and Sex

Table 11 - Employed persons by Industry division of main job (ANZSIC) and Hours actually worked in all jobs

Table 12 - Employed persons by Occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO) and Hours actually worked in all jobs

Table 13 - Employed persons by Status in employment of main job and Hours actually worked in all jobs

Table 17 - Employed persons by Expectations of future employment and Number of months with current employer or in own business

Table 19 - Underemployed persons by Industry division (ANZSIC) or Occupation major group (ANZSCO) of main job and Sex

Table 23a - Volume measures of underutilisation by State, Territory and Sex

Table 23b - Volume measures of underutilisation by Age and Sex

Table 24a - Labour Force status by State, Territory, and Level of highest educational attainment (ASCED)

Table 24b - Labour Force status for 20-64 year olds by Level of highest educational attainment (ASCED) and Sex

Table 25a - Labour force status by State, Territory and Educational attendance (detailed)

Table 25b - Labour Force status for 15-29 year olds by Age, Educational attendance (detailed) and Sex

Table 26a - Employed persons by State, Territory and Sector (public/private) of main job

Table 26b - Employed persons by Sector (public/private) of main job, Age and Sex

Table 27 - Employed persons by Sector (public/private) and Industry division (ANZSIC) of main job

Table 28 - Employed persons by Sector (public/private) and Occupation major group (ANZSCO) of main job

Table 29a - Retrenchment by Labour force status, State and Territory

Table 29b - Retrenchment by Labour force status and by Age and Sex

Datacubes

Datacube EQ02 - Employed persons by Number of months with current employer or business, Sex, State and Territory, May 2001 onwards

Datacube EQ03 - Employed persons by Greater Capital City and Rest of State (ASGS), Industry division of main job (ANZSIC) and Sex, November 1984 onwards

Datacube EQ04 - Employed persons by Hours actually worked in all jobs, Leave entitlements, Sex and Status in employment of main job, February 1991 onwards

Datacube EQ05 - Employed persons by Industry division (ANZSIC) of main job and Status in employment of main job, February 1991 onwards

Datacube EQ06 - Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), Sex, State and Territory, November 1984 onwards

Datacube EQ07a - Employed persons by Age, Occupation sub-major group of main job (ANZSCO) and Sex, August 1986 onwards

Datacube EQ07b - Employed persons by Leave entitlements, Occupation major group (ANZSCO) and Status in employment of main job, February 1991 onwards

Datacube EQ08 - Employed persons by Occupation unit group of main job (ANZSCO), Sex, State and Territory, August 1986 onwards

Datacube EQ09 - Employed persons by Industry division (ANZSIC) and Occupation major group (ANZSCO) of main job and Sex, August 1986 onwards

Datacube EQ10 - Employed persons by Hours usually worked in all jobs and Industry division of main job (ANZSIC), May 2001 onwards

Datacube EQ11 - Employed persons by Hours actually worked and Industry division of main job (ANZSIC), May 2001 onwards

Datacube EQ12 - Employed persons by Age and Industry division of main job (ANZSIC), November 1984 onwards

Datacube EQ13 - Employed persons by Age and Occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO), August 1986 onwards

Datacube EQ14 - Employed persons by Hours usually worked and Industry division of main job (ANZSIC), August 2014 onwards

Datacube LQ1 - Labour Force status by Age, Level of highest educational attainment (ASCED) and Sex, November 2015 onwards

Datacube LQ2 - Labour Force status by Age, Educational attendance (detailed) and Sex, November 2015 onwards

Datacube RQ1 - Employed persons by Industry division of main job (ANZSIC), Labour market region (ASGS) and Sex, Annual averages of the preceding four quarters, Year to August 1999 onwards

Datacube RQ2 - Employed persons by Labour market region (ASGS), Occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO) and Sex, Annual averages of the preceding four quarters, Year to August 1999 onwards

Datacube UQ2a - Unemployed persons by Industry division of last job (ANZSIC), Reason left or lost last job and Sex, February 1991 onwards

Datacube UQ2b - Unemployed persons by Industry division of last job (ANZSIC), State and Territory, February 1991 onwards

Datacube UQ3a - Unemployed persons by Occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO), Reason left or lost last job and Sex, February 1991 onwards

Datacube UQ3b - Unemployed persons by Occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO), State and Territory, February 1991 onwards

6291.0.55.003 Table 04Employed persons by industry division of main job (ANZSIC) - trend, seasonally adjusted, and original
Series typeTrend, Seasonally adjusted and Original
Series startNovember 1984
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 05Employed persons by state, territory and industry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 1984
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and Territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 06Employed persons by industry sub-division of main job (ANZSIC) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 1984
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
IndustryIndustry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Industry sub-division of main job (ANZSIC)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 07Employed persons by occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 1986
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
OccupationOccupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 11Employed persons by industry division of main job (ANZSIC) and hours actually worked in all jobs
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 12Employed persons by occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO) and hours actually worked in all jobs
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
OccupationOccupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 13Employed persons by status in employment of main job and hours actually worked in all jobs
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Status of employment in main job and leave entitlementsEmployee
Employee with paid leave entitlements
Employee without paid leave entitlements
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees
Contributing family worker
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 17Employed persons by expectations of future employment and number of months with current employer or in own business
Series typeOriginal
Series startMay 2001
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Expectations of future employment with current employer or businessExpects to be with current employer or business in 12 months
Does not expect to be with current employer or business in 12 months
Employer or own business closing down or downsizing
Changing jobs or seeking other employment
Returning to study, travelling, or family reasons
Retiring
Seasonal, temporary, fixed contract or casual job
Expects to finish work for other reasons
Number of months with current employer or businessWith current employer or business for fewer than 12 months
With current employer or business for 12 months or more
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 19Underemployed persons by industry division (ANZSIC) or occupation major group (ANZSCO) of main job and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
OccupationOccupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)
IndustryIndustry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployed total ('000 persons)
Underemployment ratio (proportion of employed) (%)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 23aVolume measures of underutilisation by state, territory and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Volume measures of underutilisationNumber of additional hours preferred or hours not worked by underemployed ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of underemployment rate (%)
Number of hours sought by unemployed ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of unemployment rate (%)
Number of potential hours in the labour force ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of underutilisation rate (%)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 23bVolume measures of underutilisation by age and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age group up to 65 years and over group
SexMales, Females, Persons
Volume measures of underutilisationNumber of additional hours preferred or hours not worked by underemployed ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of underemployment rate (%)
Number of hours sought by unemployed ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of unemployment rate (%)
Number of potential hours in the labour force ('000 Hours)
Volume measure of underutilisation rate (%)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 24aLabour force status by state, territory, and level of highest educational attainment (ASCED)
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 2015
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Level of highest educational attainment (ASCED)Postgraduate Degree
Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate
Bachelor Degree
Advanced Diploma/Diploma
Certificate III/IV
Year 12 or equivalent
Year 11
Year 10
Below Year 10/No educational attainment
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 24bLabour force status for 20-64 year olds by level of highest educational attainment (ASCED) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 2015
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age20-64 year olds
SexMales, Females, Persons
Level of highest educational attainment (ASCED)Postgraduate Degree
Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate
Bachelor Degree
Advanced Diploma/Diploma
Certificate III/IV
Year 12 or equivalent
Year 11
Year 10
Below Year 10/No educational attainment
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
-Employed full-time (‘000)
-Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 20-64 years
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 25aLabour force status by state, territory, and educational attendance (detailed)
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 2015
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Educational attendance (detailed)Attending educational institution ('000)
Attending full-time education ('000)
Attending tertiary educational institution full-time ('000)
Attending school (aged 15-19 years) ('000)
Not attending full-time education ('000)
Attending tertiary educational institution part-time ('000)
Not attending educational institution ('000)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
Fully engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
Partially engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
Not engaged in either employment or study ('000)
Engagement rate (%)
Fully engaged rate (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 25bLabour force status for 15-29 year olds by age, educational attendance (detailed) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 2015
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15-29 year olds presented in 5 and 10 year age groups
SexMales, Females, Persons
Educational attendance (detailed)Attending educational institution ('000)
Attending full-time education ('000)
Attending tertiary educational institution full-time ('000)
Attending school (aged 15-19 years) ('000)
Not attending full-time education ('000)
Attending tertiary educational institution part-time ('000)
Not attending educational institution ('000)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
Fully engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
Partially engaged in employment and/or study ('000)
Not engaged in either employment or study ('000)
Engagement rate (%)
Fully engaged rate (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 26aEmployed persons by state, territory and sector (public/private) of main job
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
SectorPublic sector
Private sector
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 26bEmployed persons by sector (public/private) of main job, age and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over group
SexMales, Females, Persons
SectorPublic sector
Private sector
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 27Employed persons by sector (public/private) and industry division (ANZSIC) of main job
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job (ANZSIC)
SectorPublic sector
Private sector
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 28Employed persons by sector (public/private) and occupation major group (ANZSCO) of main job
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
OccupationOccupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)
SectorPublic sector
Private sector
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 29aRetrenchment by labour force status, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
RetrenchmentRetrenched (in previous quarter) ('000)
Employed total (previous quarter) ('000)
Retrenchment rate (%)
Labour force statusCurrently employed(‘000)
Currently unemployed (‘000)
Currently not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.003 Table 29bRetrenchment by labour force status and by age and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over group
SexMales, Females, Persons
RetrenchmentRetrenched (in previous quarter) ('000)
Employed total (previous quarter) ('000)
Retrenchment rate (%)
Labour force statusCurrently employed(‘000)
Currently unemployed (‘000)
Currently not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ02Employed persons by number of months with current employer or in own business, sex, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startMay 2001
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and Territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Detailed number of months or years with current employer or in main businessFewer than 12 months
Fewer than 3 months
3-5 months
6-11 months
12 months or more
1-2 years
3-5 years
6-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Hours actually worked in all jobsNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ03Employed persons by greater capital city and rest of state (ASGS), industry division of main job (ANZSIC) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 1984
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyGreater Capital City Statistical Area: ASGS (2011) (from July 1991 onwards, old standard for earlier periods)
State and territory: ASGS (2011) (from July 1991 onwards, old standard for earlier periods)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
IndustryIndustry division of main job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and training
Rest of non-market
Hours actually worked in all jobsNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ04Employed persons by hours actually worked in all jobs, leave entitlements, sex and status in employment of main job
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Status of employment in main job and leave entitlementsEmployee
with paid leave entitlements
without paid leave entitlements
Not an employee
Wage or salary earner
Business income earner
Owner manager of enterprise with employees
Owner manager of enterprise without employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees
Contributing family worker
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ05Employed persons by industry division (ANZSIC) of main job and status in employment of main job
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and training
Rest of non-market
Status in employment of main job and leave entitlementsEmployee
with paid leave entitlements
without paid leave entitlements
Not an employee
Wage or salary earner
Business income earner
Owner manager of enterprise with employees
Owner manager of enterprise without employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees
Contributing family worker
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ06Employed persons by industry group of main job (ANZSIC), sex, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 1984
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
IndustryIndustry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Industry sub-division of main job (ANZSIC)
Industry sub-division and group of main job (ANZSIC)
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and training
Rest of non-market
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ07aEmployed persons by age, occupation sub-major group of main job ANZSCO) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 1986
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in ten year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
OccupationOccupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)
Occupation major and sub-major group of main job (ANZSCO)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ07bEmployed persons by leave entitlements, occupation major group (ANZSCO) and status in employment of main job
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
Status in employment of main job and leave entitlementsEmployee
with paid leave entitlements
without paid leave entitlements
Not an employee
Wage or salary earner
Business income earner
Owner manager of enterprise with employees
Owner manager of enterprise without employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees
Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees
Contributing family worker
OccupationOccupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ08Employed persons by occupation unit group of main job (ANZSCO), sex, state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 1986
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
OccupationOccupation major, sub-major, minor and unit group of main job (ANZSCO)
Occupation major, sub-major and minor group of main job (ANZSCO)
Occupation major and sub-major group of main job (ANZSCO)
Occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)
Hours actually worked in all jobsNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed) (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ09Employed persons by industry division (ANZSIC) and occupation major group (ANZSCO) of main job and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 1986
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
IndustryIndustry division of main job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and training
Rest of non-market
OccupationOccupation major group of main job: ANZSCO (2013)v1.2
Hours actually worked in all jobsNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ10Employed persons by hours usually worked in all jobs and industry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Series typeOriginal
Series startMay 2001
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and training
Rest of non-market
Hours usually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsUsually works 1 hour or more
Usually works fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
Usually works 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Usually doesn't work (0 hours)
Hours usually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours usually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Weekly hours usually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Weekly hours usually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Weekly hours usually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ11Employed persons by hours actually worked and industry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Series typeOriginal
Series startMay 2001
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and training
Rest of non-market
Hours actually worked in all jobs - detailed hour groupsWorked 1 hour or more
Worked fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Worked 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Did not work (0 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ12Employed persons by age and industry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 1984
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and training
Rest of non-market
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ13Employed persons by age and occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO)
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 1986
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexPersons
OccupationOccupation major group of main job: ANZSCO (2013) v1.2
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube EQ14Employed persons by hours usually worked and industry division of main job (ANZSIC)
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 2014
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of main job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and Training
Rest of non-market
Hours usually worked in main job - detailed hour groupsUsually works 1 hour or more
Usually works fewer than 35 hours
1-9 hours
10-19 hours
20-29 hours
30-34 hours
Usually works 35 hours or more
35-39 hours
40-44 hours
45-49 hours
50-59 hours
60-69 hours
70 hours or more
Usually doesn't work (0 hours)
Hours usually worked in main job - summary variablesNumber of hours usually worked in main job (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in main job (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours usually worked in main job (‘000 hours)
Hours usually worked in main job per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours usually worked in main job per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours usually worked in main job per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube LQ1Labour force status by age, level of highest educational attainment (ASCED) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 2015
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Level of highest educational attainment (ASCED)Diploma or above
Postgraduate Degree
Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate
Bachelor Degree
Advanced Diploma/Diploma
Certificate III/IV
Year 12 or below
Year 12 or equivalent
Year 11
Year 10
Below Year 10/No educational attainment
Level not determined
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube LQ2Labour force status by age, educational attendance (detailed) and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startNovember 2015
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over presented in 5 and 10 year age groups up to 65 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
Educational attendance (detailed)Attending educational institution ('000)
Attending full-time education ('000)
Attending tertiary educational institution full-time ('000)
Attending school (aged 15-19 years) ('000)
Not attending full-time education ('000)
Attending tertiary educational institution part-time ('000)
Not attending educational institution ('000)
Labour force statusEmployed total (‘000)
Employed full-time (‘000)
Employed part-time (‘000)
Employment to population ratio (%)
Unemployed total (‘000)
Unemployment rate (%)
Labour force total (‘000)
Participation rate (%)
Not in the labour force (NILF) (‘000)
Civilian population aged 15 years and over
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube RQ1Employed persons by industry division of main job (ANZSIC), labour market region (ASGS) and sex, annual averages of the preceding four quarters, year to August 1999 onwards
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 1999
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyLabour market region (SA4)
Greater Capital City Statistical Area: ASGS (2011)
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
IndustryIndustry division of main job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Market/non-market sectorMarket
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rest of market
Non-market
Education and training
Rest of non-market
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube RQ2Employed persons by labour market region (ASGS), occupation major group of main job (ANZSCO) and sex, annual averages of the preceding four quarters, year to August 1999 onwards
Series typeOriginal
Series startAugust 1999
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyLabour market region (SA4)
Greater Capital City Statistical Area: ASGS (2011)
State and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
OccupationOccupation major group of main job: ANZSCO (2013) v1.2
Hours actually worked in all jobs - summary variablesNumber of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed full-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (employed part-time) (‘000 hours)
Number of hours actually worked in all jobs (‘000 hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (full-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (part-time) (hours)
Hours actually worked in all jobs per employed person (hours)
Labour force statusEmployed total ('000 persons)
Employed full-time ('000 persons)
Employed part-time ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube UQ2aUnemployed persons by industry division of last job (ANZSIC), reason left or lost last job and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
IndustryIndustry division of last job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Reason left or lost last jobLost last job
Left last job
Duration of job searchNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search (Weeks)
Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Labour force statusUnemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube UQ2bUnemployed persons by industry division of last job (ANZSIC), state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
IndustryIndustry division of last job: ANZSIC (2006) Rev.2.0
Duration of job searchNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search (Weeks)
Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Labour force statusUnemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube UQ3aUnemployed persons by occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO), reason left or lost last job and sex
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyAustralia
Age15 years and over
SexMales, Females, Persons
OccupationOccupation major group of last job: ANZSCO (2013) v1.2
Reason left or lost last jobLost last job
Left last job
Duration of job searchNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search (Weeks)
Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Labour force statusUnemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)
 
6291.0.55.003 Datacube UQ3bUnemployed persons by occupation major group of last job (ANZSCO), state and territory
Series typeOriginal
Series startFebruary 1991
FrequencyQuarterly
GeographyState and territory (STT): ASGS (2011)
Age15 years and over
SexPersons
OccupationOccupation major group of last job: ANZSCO (2013) v1.2
Duration of job searchNumber of weeks searching for job ('000 Weeks)
Average duration of job search (Weeks)
Median duration of job search (Weeks)
Labour force statusUnemployed total ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for full-time work ('000 persons)
Unemployed looked for only part-time work ('000 persons)

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This release previously used catalogue number 6103.0.