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PERSONS NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE
Main reason for not actively looking for work
The reasons for not actively looking for work most commonly reported by males were 'attending an educational institution' (33%) and 'own ill health or physical disability' (19%). The most commonly reported reasons for females in this group were 'child-care' (30%) and 'attending an educational institution' (16%).
At September 2003 there were 79,800 discouraged jobseekers. Characteristics of discouraged jobseekers in September 2003 include:
The main reasons reported by discouraged jobseekers for not actively looking for work were 'considered too young or too old by employers' (33%), 'no jobs in locality or line of work' (27%) and 'lacked necessary schooling, training, skills or experience' (23%). For female discouraged jobseekers, 26% gave the reason 'lacked necessary schooling, training, skills or experience', compared to 17% of males. Thirty-two per cent of males gave the reason 'no jobs in locality or line or work', compared to 25% of females. Forty percent of males gave the reason 'considered too young or too old by employers' compared with 30% of females.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Force and Supplementary Surveys section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.
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