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Not working, nor looking for work, then what?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the 2017 results from their survey of Participation, job search and mobility. This survey data provides information on job seekers and job switchers, as well as people who are not in the labour force; that is, those who are not working, nor looking for work. Within this group of people, there are various reasons as to why people do not need or want a job. The main reasons people are not in the labour force is the focus of this article.  Read more...

The main reasons people left or lost a job

  The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the 2017 estimates from their survey of Participation, job search and mobility. The survey provides information on people who worked at some time in the 12 months ended February 2017 and their experiences of the labour market. People who ceased a job during this period are asked to select their main reason for stopping work from a list of voluntary and involuntary reasons. These reasons can be cross-classified by demographic characteristics, as well as employment characteristics. Read more...

Dividing the pie: release of new data on economic inequality

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released selected results from their two-yearly Survey of Income and Housing in their publication Household Income and Wealth, Australia, 2015–16 (cat. no. 6523.0).  Read more...

On the fringe of the labour market

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released updated estimates of the extended labour force underutilisation rate in Participation, Job Search and Mobility, February 2017. This measure extends on the unemployment, underemployment and underutilisation rates, which are already produced on a regular basis. The rate provides further information on people whose labour is not being utilised, by adding two extra groups to the underutilisation rate. These two extra groups are outlined below. Read more...

Can we trust Census data?

 The 2016 Census didn’t run as smoothly as the statisticians would have liked. In response to privacy concerns, hardware failure and denial of service attacks on Census night, as well as ongoing criticism by media and the public, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) established an Independent Assurance Panel. The Panel’s task was to review and assure the quality of statistical outputs from the 2016 Census. Coinciding with the first major release of 2016 Census data, the Panel’s report  was released today.   Read more...

Snapshot of employment by industry, 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases quarterly estimates of employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being February 2017. The next available data (May 2017) will be released on 22 June 2017. Read more...

Potential changes to the Australian Census: could it kill the goose that lays the statistical golden egg?

The Australian Statistician, David Kalisch, announced on 19 February that, as part of the options for transforming its statistical collections, the ABS is considering changes to the way it runs, and potentially, the frequency of the Census (Reforming the Australian Bureau of Statistics, ABS Media Release, 19 February 2015). This article is part of a series of FlagPosts exploring what the Census is, why it’s important, how other countries run censuses, and what the alternatives—either officially proposed or informally discussed—may be. Read more...