Australian Bureau of Statistics
6289.0 - Australians' Employment and Unemployment Patterns, 1994-1996, First Results, 1994-1996
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/05/1997 Ceased
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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Overall, 68% of Jobseekers worked at some stage in the 12 months to September 1996, compared to 84% of the general population in the same age range. Just over 78% of Jobseekers looked for work at some stage over the same period compared to 23% of the general population. Almost 12% of Jobseekers worked for the entire year, contrasting with 57% of the general population. The average time spent working was 22 weeks for Jobseekers, and 39 weeks for the general population.
On average, Jobseekers worked for five weeks during the six months ended September 1995, increasing to 12 weeks in the six months ended September 1996. Conversely, the average time spent looking for work (only) decreased from 17 weeks to 10 weeks.
Some 16% of Jobseekers spent all of the year ended September 1996 looking for work (only) compared to 2% of the general population. The average time spent looking for work (only) was 22 weeks for Jobseekers, and four weeks for the general population. One in ten Jobseekers (87,600 people) did nothing but look for work for the entire two-year period since September 1994.
Of Jobseekers who were working at September 1995, 76% were also working at September 1996, and of the remainder, most were looking for work. Of those Jobseekers looking for work (only) at September 1995, almost half (49%) were in the same situation a year later; however, 37% had found work.
In the general population, 92% of persons who were working at September 1995 were also working 12 months later, while 5% were absent from the labour market and 3% were looking for work. Of those who were looking for work (only) at September 1995, 43% were in the same situation a year later; however, 45% had been successful in finding work.
Some 228,700 Jobseekers received a wage and salary as their main source of income in 1994-95 but 33% of these were in a different situation the following financial year (compared with an equivalent figure of 9% for the general population).
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