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6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Jul 2005  
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LABOUR STATISTICS NEWS


LABOUR THEME PAGE

The ABS Labour Theme Page, available on the ABS web site, provides a guide to the range of ABS statistics on the labour market, as well as links to the latest data released.

CHANGES TO CODING PROCESSES FOR INDUSTRY AND OCCUPATION IN THE LFS

The ABS has changed the processes used to code industry and occupation data in the Labour Force Survey (LFS). From May 2005, almost two-thirds of industry and occupation codes have been coded automatically, using a computer to match survey responses to an industry or occupation index. This process is known as Autocoding. The remaining industry and occupation codes are coded using a Computer Assisted Coding system, which was used for all industry and occupation coding in earlier periods.


Although no changes have been made to the classifications used, and the underlying coding methodology is unchanged, the changes to coding processes will result in an improvement in the quality of estimates classified by industry and occupation from May 2005 onwards. Aggregate estimates of employment and unemployment are unaffected, and there is no meaningful change to the level of employment classified to any industry Division or occupation Major Group.


The Technical Report on page 33 provides more information on the changes in coding processes.



UPDATED EMPLOYMENT TYPE SPREADSHEETS

Updated spreadsheets containing data of the time series on employment type, from 1992 to 2004, are now available for purchase from the ABS web site. Follow the link to [AusStats - Publications and Data], then [Data cubes]. They are listed as Table 2 under catalogue number 6105.0. These spreadsheets include estimates of employment type by sex and full-time/part-time status for each of the following variables: Age (5 year age groups), State of usual residence, Industry and Occupation.



FREE PUBLICATIONS ON THE WEB

ABS publications will be made available free of charge on the ABS website from 1 July. This will include Adobe Acrobat and HTML publications such as Australian Labour Market Statistics, and the spreadsheet Table 1 Measures of underutilisation.



SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEYS ON LABOUR TOPICS

The Monthly Population Survey comprises the Labour Force Survey and a range of supplementary surveys, which provide detailed information on a range of topics. Results from the following labour-related topics were recently released: Labour Force Status and other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0); and Forms of Employment, Australia (cat. no. 6359.0). The results of these surveys are outlined in the Recent Release section of this publication.



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Recent and upcoming statistical releases

Release date/title of publication
Reference period
Catalogue number

June 2005
Industrial Disputes, Australia (Electronic Publication)
March quarter 2005
6321.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia
May 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery
May 2005
6291.0.55.001
Information Paper: Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia, Changes to Time Series Spreadsheets
March 2005
6234.0
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
March quarter 2005
6248.0.55.001
Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia
November 2004
6250.0
Survey of Income and Housing - Basic and Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record Files, Technical Paper
2002-03
6541.0
Survey of Income and Housing: Confidentialised Unit Record File on CD-ROM/RADL
2002-03
6541.0.30.001
Australians' Employment and Unemployment Patterns, 1994-1997: Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File
1994-1997
6286.0.55.001
Australians' Employment and Unemployment Patterns: Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Paper
1994-1997
6286.0.55.002
Employment Arrangements and Superannuation, Australia: Confidentialised Unit Record File
2000
6361.0.55.001
Employment Arrangements and Superannuation, Australia: Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Paper
2000
6361.0.55.002
Job Vacancies, Australia
May 2005
6354.0
Information Paper: Job Vacancies, Australia, Changes to Time Series Spreadsheets
May 2005
6364.0
July 2005
Australian Labour Market Statistics
July 2005
6105.0
Labour Force, Australia
June 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery
June 2005
6291.0.55.001
Australian Social Trends
2005
4102.0
Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia
2003-04
6523.0
Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results
2003-04
6530.0
August 2005
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia
May 2005
6302.0
Labour Force, Australia
July 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery
July 2005
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force Experience, Australia
February 2005
6206.0
Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing - Proposed Products and Services
2006
2011.0
Labour Price Index, Australia
June quarter 2005
6345.0
September 2005
Industrial Disputes, Australia
June quarter 2005
6321.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
August 2005
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
August 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery
August 2005
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force Survey Standard Errors
2005
6298.0
Labour Force Survey Standard Errors, Spreadsheets
2005
6298.0.55.001
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
June quarter 2005
6248.0.55.001
October 2005
Australian Labour Market Statistics
October 2005
6105.0
Labour Force, Australia
September 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia - Detailed Delivery
September 2005
6291.0.55.001


NOTES

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

In addition to presenting unemployment and underutilisation rates for people aged 15 years and older, by age, sex and state/territory, this issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics presents underemployment rates in tables 4.2 and 4.3.



DATA CONTAINED IN THIS ISSUE

The statistics shown are the latest available at 22 June 2005. Data sources for the tables in this publication are listed in Appendix 1.



ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

The spreadsheets and data cubes referenced in this publication are available on the ABS web site at <http://www.abs.gov.au> [AusStats - Publications and Data], then [Data Cubes] or [Time Series Spreadsheets].



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Assistant Director, Labour Market Statistics Section, on Canberra 02 6252 7636.



LABOUR MARKET SUMMARY


KEY MEASURES

% change from
Measure
Series type
Period
Current figure
Previous quarter(a)
Previous year(b)

Employed
Persons'000
Trend
May 2005
9,983.3
0.8
3.5
Full-time'000
Trend
May 2005
7,130.2
0.8
3.2
Part-time'000
Trend
May 2005
2,853.1
0.8
4.2
Part-time employment as a proportion of total employment%
Trend
May 2005
28.6
(c)0.0
(c)0.2
Unemployed
Persons'000
Trend
May 2005
541.0
1.2
-6.0
Looking for full-time work'000
Trend
May 2005
382.8
0.2
-9.0
Looking for part-time work'000
Trend
May 2005
158.2
3.6
2.2
Unemployment rate
Persons%
Trend
May 2005
5.1
(c)0.0
(c)-0.5
Long-term unemployment
Persons'000
Trend
May 2005
91.5
-6.0
-23.7
As a proportion of total unemployment%
Trend
May 2005
16.9
(c)-1.3
(c)-3.9
Annual labour underutilisation rates(d)
Long-term unemployment rate%
Original
Sep 2004
1.2
na
(c)-0.1
Unemployment rate%
Original
Sep 2004
5.5
na
(c)-0.4
Underemployment rate%
Original
Sep 2004
5.6
na
(c)0.0
Labour force underutilisation rate%
Original
Sep 2004
11.1
na
(c)-0.4
Extended labour force underutilisation rate%
Original
Sep 2004
12.2
na
(c)-0.3
Children living without an employed parent(e)%
Original
Jun 2004
17.2
na
(c)0.1
Labour force participation rate
Persons aged 15-64 years%
Original
May 2005
75.6
(c)0.1
(c)1.2
Total%
Trend
May 2005
64.6
(c)0.4
(c)1.0
Actual hours worked
Aggregate weekly hoursmill. hours
Original
May 2005
345.4
-0.6
3.4
Average weekly hours - Personshours
Original
May 2005
34.6
-1.6
0.0
Average weekly hours - Full-timehours
Original
May 2005
42.0
-0.5
0.0
Average weekly hours - Part-timehours
Original
May 2005
16.6
-2.1
0.7
Part-time workers
Proportion who preferred to work more hours%
Original
May 2005
25.1
(c)-1.2
(c)-0.7
Wage price index
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonusesindex no.
Trend
Mar qtr 2005
104.3
1.1
3.9
Average weekly earnings
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings$
Trend
Feb 2005
991.20
1.5
4.8
All employees total earnings$
Trend
Feb 2005
781.70
1.6
4.5
Compensation of employees
Household income account$m
Trend
Mar qtr 2005
102,015
1.7
7.0
Average earnings (National Accounts basis - nominal) per week$
Trend
Mar qtr 2005
909
1.0
3.7
Industrial disputes
Working days lost'000
Original
Mar qtr 2005
44.4
-14.6
-44.8
Working days lost per 1,000 employeesnumber
Original
Mar qtr 2005
5.2
-15.3
-46.7
Job vacancies
Australia'000
Trend
Feb 2005
145.2
5.8
29.8

na not available
(a) Same period previous quarter (monthly data is presented for the middle month of each quarter).
(b) Same period previous year.
(c) Change is in percentage points.
(d) See table 4.1 or the Glossary for further explanation of labour underutilisation rates.
(e) As a proportion of all children aged under 15 years. See the Explanatory Notes for information on family data.



EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES

Full-time and total employment
Graph: Trend full-time and total employment
Males and females
Graph: Trend employment for males and females




PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Proportion of total employment, Males
Graph: Trend male part-time employment as a proportion of total male employment
Proportion of total employment, Females
Graph: Trend female part-time employment as a proportion of total female employment




UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: TREND SERIES
Males and females
Graph: Trend unemployment rate for males and females




LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Proportion of total unemployment
Graph: Long-term unemployment as a proportion of total unemployment, males and females




UNDERUTILISED LABOUR
Labour underutilisation rates - 1994-2004
Graph: Labour underutilisation rates, 1994 to 2004




PARTICIPATION RATE: TREND SERIES
Persons
Graph: Trend participation rate
Males
Graph: Trend participation rate of males
Females
Graph: Trend participation rate of females




WAGE PRICE INDEX: TREND SERIES
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses, Quarterly change
Graph: Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses Quarterly change




AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: TREND SERIES
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings, Quarterly change
Graph: Quarterly change in full-time adult ordinary time earnings
All employees total earnings, Level
Graph: All employees total earnings, level




INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: ORIGINAL SERIES
Working days lost, Quarter ending
Graph: Working days lost Quarter ending




JOB VACANCIES: TREND SERIES
Job vacancies, By sector
Graph: Job vacancies by sector

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