1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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National income

Population in work(a)
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Footnote(s): (a) Total employed persons as a proportion of the total Australian resident population at 30 June.

Source(s): ABS Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0); ABS Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0); ABS Australian Historical Population Statistics (cat. no. 3105.0.65.001)


Consideration of the proportion of the population that is employed adds to the information provided by the income and output indicators discussed elsewhere in this section.

The proportion of the population employed provides a broad indicator of the degree of economic dependency in Australia – the relative sizes of the total population and of that part of the population engaged in income-generating economic activity. Economic dependency may increase owing to, say, a rise in the number of unemployed or the number of retired people (especially those receiving an aged pension).

Between June 1999 and June 2008, the proportion of the Australian population that was employed rose from 46% to 50%, before falling slightly to 49% in 2009. For more information on employment and related measures, see the Work section.


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