5) There are several caveats associated with the HLFS
The HES asks questions similar to the HLFS
to ascertain the labour force status of all individuals.
The foregoing comments suggest that little is lost from using the QES data as opposed to the HLFS
Despite the many flaws in the HLFS
its biggest strength is that is has been a consistent measure for almost 30 years.
All of these statistics are weighted by sample weights provided in the HLFS
which correct for non-proportional sampling.
5) Weekly Hours Worked by the Employed, which is directly reported in the HLFS
To be able to assess the likely impact of disability on employment, it was necessary to identify a set of demographic variables common to both the Disability Survey and the HLFS
that were appropriate in controlling for factors other than disability that are associated with employment.
The marked contrast of the reported employment changes to sectoral developments in value-added casts serious doubts about the reliability of the HLFS
and calls for an inquiry.
For the present updating, Statistics provided a special run from the HLFS
with a weight of 0.
The table shows that labour productivity in manufacturing has been higher relative to labour productivity for the whole economy (calculated using either HLFS
or QES hours data).
While designed for cross-sectional purposes, the rotating panel of the HLFS
provides potentially useful longitudinal information, albeit over a relatively short period.
But in a slack labour market with a large number of discouraged workers, there is little doubt that the data from the HLFS
understate the full extent of unemployment.