4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Apr 2005  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/04/2005   
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    At September 2004,

  • there were 3.8 million persons aged 15 -69 years who were not in the labour force which represented 27% of the civilian population of this age.
  • just under one third (31%) of those not in the labour force wanted to work.
  • almost two thirds (65%) of total persons not in the labour force were female.
  • in most ages groups there was a much higher proportion of females than males who were not in the labour force for example 46% and 24% respectively for females and males aged 55-59 years
  • the exception was for those aged 15-19 years where 40% of males and 39% of females were not in the labour force
  • the main reason as 'considered as too old by employers'.was reported by 34% of the 28,000 males and 32% of 54,000 female discouraged job seekers who did not actively look for work

    For further details, refer to Persons Not in The Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6220.0), which was released on 11 March 2005.