Australian Bureau of Statistics
6224.0 - Labour Force Status and other Characteristics of Families, Australia, June 1997
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/09/1997
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Australia's families and the workforce - ABS
In June 1997, 84 percent of Australia's 2.5 million families with dependants had one or more family members in employment, according to the report Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The ABS report showed that there were five million families in Australia made up of two or more related people usually living in the same household.
There were over four million couple families (83 per cent of all families) and just under half of these had dependants (children under 15 years of age plus other family members aged 15-24 who were full-time students).
For couple families with dependants:
The number of one parent families continued to grow to 721,100 in June 1997 compared with 672,000 in June 1996. Women headed 84 per cent of one parent families.
For one parent families with dependants:
There were 2,377,300 persons in June 1997 who were not members of a family. The majority (64 per cent) of these people lived alone. Of those living alone, only 43 per cent were employed (57 per cent of men but only 31 per cent of women), reflecting the older age profile of this group . In contrast, 72 per cent of people not living alone (but not members of a family) were employed.
More details are in Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia, June 1997 (cat. no. 6224.0), available from ABS bookshops in all capital cities.
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