6289.0 - Australians' Employment and Unemployment Patterns, First Results, 1994-1996
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One in four Australians look for work in a year
Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of Australians aged 16 to 60 looked for work at some time during the year ended September 1996, according to figures published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Eighty-four per cent worked at some time, and 27 per cent spent time out of the labour market.
Within the same age range, about a third of people who were Jobseekers in May 1995 were working 4 months later. However, in subsequent months there was only a gradual increase in the number at work - 45 per cent in May 1996, and 48 per cent in September 1996.
Some 575,000 Jobseekers were reliant on government benefits as their main source of income in 1994-95. However, of these people, one third (35 per cent) were no longer in this situation the following year.
These characteristics of Jobseekers are drawn from Australians' Employment and Unemployment Patterns, First Results, 1994 to 1996, published today, which provides insight into the longer term labour market and social experiences of both Jobseekers and the general population. The figures are from the second year of a 'longitudinal' survey which collected information from the same group of people over the three years September 1994 to September 1997.
Other key findings include:
Details are in Australians' Employment and Unemployment Patterns, First Results, 1994 to 1996, (cat. no. 6289.0) which is available from ABS bookshops.
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