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Australia to revise jobs data, may cut August surge

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Australia's official statistician is making changes to employment figures for the past three months that, on the face of it, would show far fewer jobs created in August than first reported - PHOTO: REUTERS

[SYDNEY] Australia's official statistician is making changes to employment figures for the past three months that, on the face of it, would show far fewer jobs created in August than first reported.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday said it would restate employment figures to account for an absence of seasonal patterns usually seen in July, August and September.

The September data is due on Thursday and analysts had been expecting a sizable fall of 30,000 in seasonally adjusted employment as statistical payback for a record 121,000 increase in August. The August figure had been so far above expectations that analysts had doubted its credibility. - Reuters

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