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AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL TRENDS
The September issue also includes the release of national and state summary tables presenting the key statistics for the Health and Economic resources chapters.
The release shows that:
In 2008, the average weekly total cash earnings, for all employees in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), was $1,138, an increase of around $400 (or 55%) over the ten years since 1998. However, overall inflation in the ACT increased by 35% over the same period, leaving around 15% real growth in earnings.
Around 12% of people in the ACT were receiving Government pensions and allowances as their main source of household income in 2007-08, the lowest of any state/territory. Wages and salaries accounted for almost 71% of household income.
In 2007, the average life expectancy at birth, for males was around 80 years, the highest of all states/territories, while for females it was around 84 years, similar to the national average.
Males living in the ACT have the lowest rate of deaths from lung cancer, 41 per 100,000 (compared with 47, per 100,000 for Australia), while females have a higher rate of breast cancer deaths, 29 per 100,000, compared with the national average of 23 per 100,000.
In 2008, more males, aged 15 years and over, were overweight or obese (58%) compared with females (44%) while a higher percentage of girls, aged 15 years or over, were sedentary or involved in low level exercise (75%) compared with 63% of males.
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