More hours wanted
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) now provides monthly figures on underemployment and underutilisation, which is a useful addition to its Labour Force survey.
Historically these figures have only been reported quarterly.
Being a new data series, there are no seasonally adjusted or trend figures yet available.
However, one thing that has become clear since the end of the resources construction boom is that in terms of underutilisation Western Australia has gone from star pupil at an underutilisation rate of 11.8 per cent straight to detention at 17.1 per cent.
The labour market in Tasmania, on the other hand, generally seems to have improved a bit.