Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2007
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As graph 6.32 shows, the number of unemployed people has generally declined from the levels recorded in the early-1990s. For the unemployed seeking full-time work, the trend has generally reflected the overall impact of the economic cycle. In contrast, over the last two decades, the trend for those seeking part-time work has generally increased steadily, rising from 102,000 people (or 17% of unemployed people) in June 1986 to 158,900 people (or 30% of unemployed people) in June 2006.
In recent years the proportion of the unemployed who had experienced unemployment for less than 26 weeks has been rising steadily, while the proportion who experienced unemployment for 52 weeks and over (long-term unemployment) has declined. In 2005-06, 69% of unemployed people had been unemployed for less than 26 weeks, while the long-term unemployed made up 18% of unemployed people (table 6.33).
Educational qualifications can have a significant bearing on labour market prospects. Table 6.34 shows the relationship between the level of highest educational attainment and duration of unemployment. At July 2005, there was little variation in the proportion of people in long-term unemployment across all levels of highest educational attainment; with 18-20% across all categories.
Unemployed people encounter a variety of difficulties in finding work (graph 6.35). Women were more likely to report insufficient work experience as their main difficulty (12% compared with 9% for men), as well as difficulties that relate to concerns outside the workplace, such as 'Unsuitable hours' (9% compared with 3%) and 'Difficulties with child care, other family responsibilities' (5% compared with 1%). Men were more likely to report their main difficulty as being 'Considered too old by employers' and 'Too far to travel/transport problems' (both with 11% compared with 7% for women).
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