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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Duration of unemployment
Just under one-quarter (22%) of unemployed persons in July 2003 were long-term unemployed, that is, they had been unemployed for 12 months or longer. Of the unemployed persons whose level of highest educational attainment was Year 12 or below, 14% had been unemployed for two years or more compared to 11% of those with a Certificate level or above.
Over one-third (38%) of unemployed persons were aged 15-24 years. Just under half (46%) of unemployed persons aged 15-19 years and 78% of those aged 20-24 years were seeking full-time work.
Of unemployed persons aged 15-19 years, 19% reported their main difficulty in finding work was 'insufficient work experience'. Around 22% of unemployed persons aged 20-24 years also reported this as their main difficulty.
EMPLOYED PERSONS WHO STARTED THEIR CURRENT JOB IN THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS
Of those employed persons who started their current job in the 12 months to July 2003, 44% were out of work prior to starting that job, and a further 44% changed employer to start that job. The remainder were employed in their own business.
Steps taken to attain a job
Of those who were out of work prior to starting their current job, 59% 'wrote, phoned or applied in person to an employer for work'. Almost half (48%) of employed persons who changed employer took this step to attain a job. The other most common steps taken to attain a job were 'looked at advertisements for jobs in a newspaper' (48% of persons out of work prior to starting a job and 37% of persons who changed employer to start a job), 'answered an advertisement for a job in a newspaper' (38% and 29% respectively) and 'contacted friends or relatives' (31% and 22% respectively).
Duration of looking for work
Over half (55%) of employed persons who started their current job in the previous 12 months looked for work for less than one year before being offered that job. A further 6% looked for one year or more, while 40% of persons didn't look for work at all. More than one-third (35%) of all employed persons who started their current job in the previous 12 months were aged 15-24 years.
Characteristics of current job
The majority (72%) of employed persons who started their current job in the previous 12 months started one job only, and most (90%) had worked before. Of those who usually work part-time hours, over one-third (40%) would prefer to work more hours.
Of those part-time employed persons who started their current job in the previous 12 months, 28% were aged 15-19 years.
The most common occupation groups of employed persons who started their current job in the previous 12 months were Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers (20%) and Professionals (15%). Elementary clerical, sales and service workers was the most common occupation group of employed persons aged 15-19 years who started their job in the previous 12 months (37%).
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