Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2010
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In conjunction with the decline in the unemployment rate, the number of unemployed people has generally fallen from the levels recorded in the early 1990s although it has increased sharply over the last year.
Over the past five years the proportion of unemployed people who have been in long-term unemployment (i.e. lasting 52 weeks or more) has steadily decreased, from 20% in 2004-05 to 14% in 2008-09 (table 8.35). In contrast, the proportion of unemployed people who have been in relatively short-term unemployment (lasting less than 26 weeks) has increased, from 68% in 2004-05 to 74% in 2008-09.
Educational qualifications can have a significant bearing on labour market prospects. Table 8.36 shows the relationship between the level of highest non-school qualifications and the duration of unemployment. At July 2008, the proportion of unemployed people who had been unemployed for a year or more was highest among those with a Certificate III/IV (19%), compared with those with a Certificate I/II (18%) or Bachelor degree or higher (15%), and lowest among those with an Advanced diploma or diploma (9%).
Unemployed people encounter a variety of difficulties in finding work. Women were more likely than men to report 'Unsuitable hours' as their main difficulty (13% compared with 5%), 'Insufficient work experience' (10% compared with 8%) and 'Difficulties with child care, other family responsibilities' (7% compared with 3%). Men were more likely than women to report their main difficulty as 'Own ill health or disability' (13% compared with 7%), 'Too far to travel/transport problems' (10% compared with 7%) and 'Considered too old by employers' (6% compared with 4%) (graph 8.37).
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