Australian Bureau of Statistics
6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jun 2013 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/07/2013
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FACT SHEET DID YOU KNOW – UNDEREMPLOYMENT
Underemployment when expressed as a percentage of all employed people (rather than of the broader labour force) can also provide an indication as to how many employed people have "insufficient" work. In May 2013, 7.7% of employed people were underemployed (trend).
HOW IS UNDEREMPLOYMENT CALCULATED?
Underemployment supplements the unemployment measure by providing an indication of the number of employed people who want, and are available for, more hours of work than they currently have. Those underemployed comprise:
HOW OFTEN IS UNDEREMPLOYMENT AVAILABLE?
Underemployment is currently published every three months, however it is planned to collect underemployment monthly from July 2014, and publish it on a monthly basis later in 2014. From July 2014, the scope of underemployment will be broadened to include all employed people who want, and are available for, more work by including persons employed full-time who worked full-time hours in the reference week and want, and are available for more hours of work. It is proposed to also maintain the currently defined measure to provide a consistent series over time.
A broader discussion on labour underutilisation was released in the article Labour Underutilisation: More than Unemployment in Australian Labour Market Statistics, January 2011 (cat. no. 6105.0).
1. It is assumed that these people wanted to work full-time in the reference week and would have been available to do so.
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