6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Oct 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/10/2003
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EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: TREND SERIES
LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
PARTICIPATION RATE: TREND SERIES
WAGE COST INDEX: ORIGINAL SERIES
AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: TREND SERIES
INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: ORIGINAL SERIES
JOB VACANCIES: TREND SERIES
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. To find the Theme Page, go to http//:www.abs.gov.au.
INTRODUCTION OF COMPUTER ASSISTED INTERVIEWING TO THE LFS
In October 2003, the ABS will begin the progressive implementation of computer assisted interviewing (CAI) into the Labour Force Survey (LFS). LFS interviewers currently record survey responses by hand onto a paper questionnaire; under CAI, interviewers will record responses directly into a laptop computer. Most other ABS household surveys currently use CAI. To minimise the chance of any impact on the labour force series from the change, the current questionnaire and procedures will be replicated as closely as possible under CAI.
Users will be informed of the progress of CAI implementation, including the results of impact studies, through updates in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
FORMAT CHANGES TO INITIAL RELEASE LFS PRODUCTS
The format of the publication Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), and other products associated with the initial release of monthly data from the LFS, will be changing from the November 2003 issue.
These changes, including the revised layout of the publication, will be detailed in the second issue of Information Paper: Changes to Labour Force Survey Products (cat. no. 6297.0), scheduled to be released on 23 October 2003.
IMPROVEMENTS TO LFS SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT PROCESS
Concurrent seasonal adjustment will be introduced for the LFS from the December 2003 reference period. At the same time, other improvements will be made to the seasonal adjustment methodology to deal better with factors such as the moving January interview start date and other holiday proximity effects.
Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses original data up to and including the current time period to produce seasonally adjusted and trend series. Seasonally adjusted estimates from this method are usually closer on average to their final values, as any change in seasonality is picked up sooner. Revisions under this method are more frequent (e.g. every month for a monthly series), although the degree of revision is generally less than with the forward factor method of adjustment (where revisions are made annually).
An information paper explaining the changes is expected to be released in December 2003.
LFS STANDARD ERRORS
The publication Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Standard Errors (cat. no. 6298.0) is now due for release in late 2003. Accompanying the release of this paper will be the release, through the Labour Theme page, of a spreadsheet that automates the process of calculating standard errors for most estimates produced from the Labour Force Survey.
Results from the 2001-02 Employment Services Survey was released on 5 August 2003 in Employment Services, Australia (cat. no. 8558.0). This survey provides a measure of the financial and business structure of employment placement and contract staff services organisations operating in Australia.
INTERPRETING TIME SERIES
A comprehensive information paper A Guide to Interpreting Time Series - Monitoring Trends (cat. no. 1349.0) was released on 4 August 2003. It provides assistance in understanding ABS trend estimation methodology, and interpreting ABS time series. This paper is only available electronically, and is available free on the ABS web site. To find the information paper, go to <http//:www.abs.gov.au> (Publications - 1.3 Year books and other multi-subject products - 1349.0 Information Paper: A Guide to Interpreting Time Series - Monitoring Trends).
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 were recently released for two labour-related topics: Labour Force Experience, Australia (cat. no. 6206.0), and Career Experience, Australia (cat. no. 6254.0). Also available are detailed data cubes for labour force characteristics of families, for June 2003. These releases are outlined in the recent release section of this publication.
LFS ESTIMATES FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
The first Labour Force Survey estimates for Indigenous Australians were planned to be released in this issue. However, delays encountered in producing estimates using the new methodology have resulted in the estimates for 2002 being delayed until early 2004.
RECENT AND UPCOMING STATISTICAL RELEASES
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