Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2006
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/01/2006
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As graph 6.35 shows, the number of unemployed people has generally declined from the levels recorded in the early-1990s. For the unemployed seeking full-time work, the trend has generally reflected the overall impact of the economic cycle. In contrast, over the past two decades, the trend for those seeking part-time work has generally increased steadily, rising from 97,600 people (or 16% of unemployed people) in June 1985 to 159,000 people (or 30% of unemployed people) in June 2005.
In recent years the proportion of the unemployed who had experienced unemployment for less than 26 weeks has been rising steadily, while the proportion who experienced unemployment for 52 weeks and over (long-term unemployment) has been in decline. In 2004-05, 69% of unemployed people had been unemployed for less than 26 weeks, while the long-term unemployed made up 19% of unemployed people (table 6.36).
Educational qualifications have a significant bearing on labour market prospects. Table 6.37 shows the relationship between the level of highest educational attainment and duration of unemployment. Of unemployed people with a bachelor degree or above in July 2004, 14% were long-term unemployed, compared with 22% of those whose highest educational attainment was Year 12 or below.
Unemployed people encounter a variety of difficulties in finding work. In July 2004, men and women reported most of the more common difficulties in largely similar proportions (graph 6.38). However, women were more likely to report insufficient work experience as their main difficulty (15% compared with 12% for men), as well as difficulties that relate to concerns outside of the workplace, such as 'Unsuitable hours' (8% compared with 4%) and 'Difficulties with child care, other family responsibilities' (5% compared with 2%). Men were more likely to report their main difficulty as being 'Considered too old by employers' (12% compared with 10% for women) and 'No vacancies in line of work' (10% compared with 5%).
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