More adults choos­ing to study

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ONE in three peo­ple aged 15 years and over – or about six mil­lion peo­ple – are not work­ing. Of these, 52 per cent are 60 years and over, Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics fig­ures show.

Al­most two-thirds (60 per cent) of peo­ple who are not in the labour force are women, with 247,600 of them not in work be­cause they are caring for chil­dren.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple aged 25 to 34 are study­ing rather than work­ing, how­ever, with 19 per cent re­port­ing they are at­tend­ing an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion rather than be­ing in the labour force.

It is a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease from the 14 per cent who were study­ing in 2007.

Only 900,000 peo­ple not in the labour force want work and are avail­able to start a job within four weeks, though about 10 per cent of them are not ac­tively look­ing for a job be­cause they have been dis­cour­aged from the labour mar­ket and be­lieve they would not be able to find a job.

More than half of dis­cour­aged job­seek­ers (56 per cent) are aged over 55 years – and ‘‘ con­sid­ered too old by em­ploy­ers’’ is the top rea­son that dis­cour­aged job­seek­ers give up on look­ing for work.

And the num­ber of dis­cour­aged job­seek­ers has de­creased from 111,800 in 2009 to 90,700 in 2011.

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