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A jobless family is a family where no persons in the family aged 15 years and over are employed (this includes dependent students aged 15–24 years). In a jobless family, all of the family members are either unemployed and/or not in the labour force. Families that have no employed members but do have members that are "not determined in the scope of the labour force survey," such as having a family member who is a member of the permanent Australian defence force, are not included in the number of jobless families, however they are included in the total number of families.
In June 2016, 127,600 couple families with dependants (including children under 15 and dependent students aged 15–24 years) were jobless. Of these, 112,300 (88%) had children under 15, which equated to there being an estimated 220,600 children aged 0–14 years in jobless couple families; this represented an increase from 217,100 in 2015. (Datacube 4)
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