4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Feb 2015  
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The Economic Security section contains the following sub-topics:
  • Working population
  • Earnings, income and economic situation
  • Housing


Unemployment rate equal for men and women in 2013-14

Latest data from the ABS Labour Force Survey shows that the unemployment rate for both men and women aged between 20 and 74 years was equal at 5% in 2013-14.

The unemployment rate has been trending upwards for women for the last five years. It has increased by one percentage point, from 4% in 2008-09 to 5% in 2013-14. For men, there was a fall in the unemployment rate of 0.7 percentage points between 2009-10 and 2010-11. However, between 2010-11 and 2013-14 the unemployment rate for men has increased by approximately one percentage point.

Data from the ABS Labour Force survey also showed that there was a four percentage point difference in the underemployment rate between men and women aged 20-74 years in 2013-14. Male underemployment was 5% while female underemployment was 9%. Underemployment has increased for both men and women over the last five years.

GRAPH: Underemployment rate, 20 to 74 years (a), 2008-09 to 2013-14

Graph Image for Underemployment rate, 20 to 74 years (a), 2008-09 to 2013-14

Footnote(s): (a) Data were calculated as an average of four quarters (August, November, February, May) in the financial year

Source(s): ABS data available on request, Labour Force Survey


A visual representation of Labour force participation rate data, from the Economic Security domain is shown below. Simply go to the graph and click on the 'Play' button to see changes in the data over time.

Details of the data used to create the graphs, and the original data sources, can be found in the relevant Data Cubes on the Downloads tab.

Graph Image for Labour force participation rate, by sex and by age