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A jobless family is a family where no persons in the family aged 15 years and over are employed. This includes dependants. In a jobless family, all of the family members are either unemployed and/or not in the labour force. Families that have no employed members but do have members that are "not determined in the scope of the labour force survey," such as having a family member who is a member of the permanent Australian defence force, are not included in the number of jobless families however they are included in the total number of families.
About 92 thousand couple families with dependants had all family members 15 years or over who were jobless - which was about one in every 25 couple families with dependants. Of these 86% had their youngest dependant aged 0 – 14 years and 14% had their youngest dependant a dependent student aged 15 to 24 years.
There were 167 thousand children aged 0–14 years in jobless couple families in June 2012.