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


EMPLOYEE EARNINGS AND HOURS

Final results from the 2004 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours were released on 23 March in the publication Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0). This survey collected information from a sample of employers about the earnings, hours paid for, method of setting pay, and other selected characteristics of their employees.


Data from this survey on the methods used to set employees' pay is included in the spotlight section of this publication (see Methods of setting pay).



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.



LONGITUDINAL CENSUS DATASET

A discussion paper on Enhancing the Population Census Dataset: Developing a Longitudinal View (cat. no. 2060.0) will be released in April 2005. This paper presents ABS views on enhancing data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. It includes details of the proposal, reasons why the ABS is considering enhancing the population census dataset, and benefits of this dataset for statistical and research purposes. Privacy and confidentiality aspects are also discussed.


ABS is seeking the views of the public and ABS data users on this proposal, and the paper outlines the public submission process.



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 surveys on labour-related topics recently released include: Job Search Experience, Australia (cat. no. 6222.0); Persons not in the Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6220.0); Underemployed Workers, Australia (cat. no. 6265.0); and Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0).

UPDATED MEASURES OF LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION

The annual measures of labour underutilisation have been updated. These measures include groups of people such as the unemployed, the underemployed and discouraged jobseekers. The rates for September 2004 are included in the spotlight 'Annual measures of labour underutilisation' and in tables 4.1 and 4.2 in this publication.



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Recent and upcoming statistical releases

Release date/title of publication
Reference period
Catalogue number

March 2005
Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia
August 2004
6310.0
Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia
May 2004
6306.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
December quarter 2004
6321.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
February 2005
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
February 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
February 2005
6291.0.55.001
Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia
September 2004
6220.0
Underemployed Workers, Australia
September 2004
6265.0
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
December quarter 2004
6248.0.55.001
April 2005
Australian Labour Market Statistics
April 2005
6105.0
Characteristics of Small Businesses, Australia
2004
8127.0
Discussion Paper: Enhancing the Populatin of Census Dataset: Developing a Longitudinal View
2006
2060.0
Labour Force, Australia
March 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
March 2005
6291.0.55.001
Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators
2005
1383.0.55.001
May 2005
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia
February 2005
6302.0
Forms of Employment, Australia
November 2004
6359.0
Labour Force, Australia
April 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
April 2005
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia
November 2004
6250.0
Labour Price Index, Australia
March quarter 2005
6345.0
Labour Statistics in Brief, Australia
2005
6104.0
2006 Census of Population and Housing: Nature and content
2006
2008.0
June 2005
Labour Force, Australia
May 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
May 2005
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force Survey Standard Errors
2005
6298.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
March quarter 2005
6321.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
May 2005
6354.0
Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia
March quarter 2005
6248.0.55.001
July 2005
Australian Labour Market Statistics
July 2005
6105.0
Australian Social Trends
2005
4102.0
Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia
2003-04
6523.0
Labour Force, Australia
June 2005
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
June 2005
6291.0.55.001



NOTES

DATA CONTAINED IN THIS ISSUE

The statistics shown are the latest available at 24 March 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 information about other Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistics and services, please refer to the back of this publication.



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
Feb 2005
9,881.3
0.9
3.0
Full-time'000
Trend
Feb 2005
7,057.5
0.8
2.8
Part-time'000
Trend
Feb 2005
2,823.8
1.1
3.5
Part-time employment as a proportion of total employment%
Trend
Feb 2005
28.6
(c)0.1
(c)0.1
Unemployed
Persons'000
Trend
Feb 2005
526.2
-2.9
-9.4
Looking for full-time work'000
Trend
Feb 2005
379.0
-1.6
-10.5
Looking for part-time work'000
Trend
Feb 2005
147.2
-6.2
-6.4
Unemployment rate
Persons%
Trend
Feb 2005
5.1
(c)-0.2
(c)-0.7
Long-term unemployment
Persons'000
Trend
Feb 2005
100.4
-6.2
-17.0
As a proportion of total unemployment%
Trend
Feb 2005
19.1
(c)-0.6
(c)-1.7
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) -
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%
Trend
Feb 2005
75.5
(c)1.2
(c)0.7
Total persons%
Original
Feb 2005
64.1
(c)0.3
(c)0.5
Actual hours worked
Aggregate weekly hoursmill. hours
Original
Feb 2005
347.4
2.7
3.3
Average weekly hours - Personshours
Original
Feb 2005
35.2
1.9
-0.1
Average weekly hours - Full-timehours
Original
Feb 2005
42.2
1.1
-0.4
Average weekly hours - Part-timehours
Original
Feb 2005
17.0
2.9
0.5
Part-time workers
Proportion who preferred to work more hours%
Original
Feb 2005
26.3
(c)0.4
(c)-0.2
Wage price index
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonusesindex no.
Trend
Dec qtr 2004
103.1
0.9
3.5
Average weekly earnings
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings$
Trend
Nov 2004
973.20
1.1
3.6
All employees total earnings$
Trend
Nov 2004
766.10
1.0
3.0
Compensation of employees
Household income account$m
Trend
Dec qtr 2004
100,153
1.6
6.8
Average earnings (National Accounts basis - nominal) per week$
Trend
Dec qtr 2004
898
0.6
3.2
Industrial disputes
Working days lost'000
Original
Dec qtr 2004
51.9
-44.4
-65.7
Working days lost per 1,000 employeesnumber
Original
Dec qtr 2004
6.1
-46.1
-66.9
Job vacancies
Australia'000
Trend
Nov 2004
135.8
6.1
28.7

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
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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