OVERVIEW OF LABOUR STATISTICS
This publication provides a comprehensive account of the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics, and the data sources and methods used to compile them. It explains:What the statistics measure;How they can be used;How they relate to other economic series;How they are produced;Where they are published; andWhy they are subject to varying degrees of accuracy and reliability.It is designed to assist users in their understanding of Australian labour statistics, and thereby allow better analyses and interpretations of the resulting data.
WHAT ARE LABOUR STATISTICS?
Labour statistics are some of Australia’s key economic statistics. Labour is the aggregate of all human physical and mental effort used in the creation of goods and services. Labour statistics are, put simply, about people, their participation in the labour force, their success in finding employment, their earnings and other benefits, their type of work, their working hours and conditions.