6206.0 - Labour Force Experience, Australia, Feb 2003
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More than three in four Australians in the labour force last year
More than three-quarters (78% or 10.8 million) Australians aged 15 to 69 years either worked or looked for work at some time during the year ending February 2003, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
Today's figures show that 85% of males and 72% of females participated in the labour force (i.e. either worked or looked for work) at some time in the 12 months to February 2003. For males, this proportion has remained stable for a number of years, while for females it has steadily increased from 67% in 1993.
Participation in the labour force was highest for people aged 20 to 24 years (90%), and lowest for people aged 55 to 69 years (48%).
A total of 10.2 million people worked at some time during the year (74% of all people), and two-thirds (6.8 million) spent the whole year working.
Other findings include:
Further information can be found in Labour Force Experience, Australia, February 2003 (cat. no. 6206.0).
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