6222.0 - Job Search Experience, Australia, Jul 2010 Quality Declaration
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Long-term unemployment rises
The percentage of long-term unemployed people (unemployed for one year or more) rose from 16% in July 2009 to 18% in July 2010, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
For long-term unemployed people the most common main difficulty in finding a job was 'too many applicants for available jobs' (14%), followed by 'too far to travel/transport problems' (13%) and 'own health or disability' (13%).
However, the majority (82%) of unemployed people are short-term unemployed (unemployed for less than one year), with one in four having been unemployed for less than four weeks.
Of those unemployed for under eight weeks, 20% reported 'no difficulties at all' in finding new work and the most common main difficulty reported was 'too many applicants for available jobs' (13%).
For young people aged 15-24 years the main difficulty in finding work was 'insufficient work experience' (17%), while for those aged 45 years and over it was 'considered too old by employers' (17%).
Of all unemployed people, 21% had never worked before, and 17% had worked, but not in the last two years.
Further information is available in Job Search Experience, Australia, July 2010 (cat. no. 6222.0).
When reporting ABS data the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.
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