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6224.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Jun 2012 Quality Declaration 
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In June 2012, there were an estimated 6.4 million families living in Australia with a total of 19.4 million family members.

The vast majority of families were couple families (83%). About four in every nine couple families had dependants living with them (43%).

The next largest group were one parent families (15%) and two out of every three one parent families had dependants living with them (67%). Of the 961 thousand one parent families, 81% were single mothers.

Of all families, 80% had at least one employed family member aged 15 years and over. Some 7% of families had one or more members unemployed. Half of all families had a member who was not in the labour force (50%), while in 18% of all families every member was not in the labour force (for example, retired couples).

Graph: Shows Australian Families

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