6224.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, June 2019 Quality Declaration 
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Jobless families

In June 2019 there were 1.5 million jobless families, representing 20% of all families, meaning each family member aged over 15 years was unemployed, retired or otherwise not in the labour force. Of these:

    • 320,000 jobless families had dependants, representing around 10% of all families with dependants;
    • An estimated 540,000 children aged 0-14 years were living in jobless families. (Table 1, Table 4)

The number of jobless families with children under 15 (as a percentage of all families with children under 15) has declined over the last decade, from 13% in 2009 to 11% in 2019.

Graph: Jobless families by family type, 2009 to 2019

This is a vertical bar graph with three data series for each year 2009, 2014, and 2019. The vertical axis is the proportion of families that are jobless, expressed as a percentage of all families, the horizontal axis is splint into three family types

Jobless couple families with dependants

In June 2019, there were 100,000 jobless couple families with dependants (including children under 15 and dependant students aged 15-24 years). 95,000 (91%) of these families had children under 15. An estimated 200,000 children aged 0-14 years were in jobless couple families. (Table 4)

Jobless one parent families with dependants

There were 210,000 jobless one parent families with dependants in June 2019, about one third (32%) of all one parent families with dependants. 90% of these jobless one parent families had children under 15. This equated to an estimated 350,000 children aged 0-14 years in these families. (Table 1, Table 4)

Jobless families without dependants

In June 2019 there were 1.1 million jobless families without dependants, which represented 29% of all families without dependants. Of all jobless families without dependants;
    • 1 million (91%) were couple families
    • 100,000 (9%) were one parent families. (Table 1 and Table 4)