1344.8.55.002 - ABStract, Statistics News, Australian Capital Territory, April 2010  
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The ABS released the latest edition of Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) on 16 March 2010. The publication draws together a wide range of statistics from the ABS and other official sources to provide a picture of Australian society and how it is changing over time.

The latest edition features five articles:

The labour market during recent economic downturns

The recent global financial crisis triggered a period of slowing economic growth in Australia. This article will look at how the labour market was affected during this time and compare this to previous economic downturns.

Health and socioeconomic disadvantage

Previous analysis has shown that disadvantaged Australians have higher levels of disease risk factors and lower use of preventative health services than those who experience socioeconomic advantage. This article examines differences in indicators of health among Australians according to the relative level of socioeconomic disadvantage of where they live.

Are young people learning or earning?

Increasing education participation and improving transition to work outcomes for young Australians are key objectives of the Council of Australian Governments 2009 National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment. This article looks at the levels of engagement of young people in study and work including the transitions of recent school leavers.

Income support among people of working age

In contrast to earlier decades, the period since 1996 has seen a fall in the number of working age people receiving income support. This article examines the changes that have driven the decline and profiles the recipients of income support.

Repeat imprisonment

The imprisonment rate has increased steadily over the last decade. This article looks at prisoners who have been released from prison and then reimprisoned within 10 years of their release.

The publication shows that:

In the ACT, 12% of young people aged 15-24 years were not fully engaged (in either study or work). This was well below the national average of 19%.

Within 10 years of their release, 39% of prisoners in NSW/ACT were reimprisoned, This was one of the highest rates in Australia and equal to the national average of 39%.