Women in work at record high

The Weekend Post - - Business -

FULL-TIME em­ploy­ment of women is at a record high, ac­cord­ing to re­cent Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics data.

Sea­son­ally ad­justed to­tal em­ploy­ment has in­creased by 44,000 in Au­gust 2018, to stand at a record high of 12,631,300 and has risen by an im­pres­sive 306,400, or 2.5 per cent, over the past 12 months – well above the decade’s av­er­age rate of 1.6 per cent.

“En­cour­ag­ingly, we are see­ing full-time em­ploy­ment growth hav­ing ac­counted for two thirds of the to­tal in­crease in em­ploy­ment over the last year. Part-time em­ploy­ment has in­creased and is now 2.7 per cent higher than a year ago,” Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Kelly O’Dwyer said.

“The un­em­ploy­ment rate has re­mained steady over the month at 5.3 per cent – the equal low­est rate recorded since Au­gust of 2012 and be­low the 5.6 per cent in Au­gust 2017.

“We’ve seen fe­male em­ploy­ment rise. It has in­creased by 148,400, or 2.6 per cent, over the last 12 months.

“Fe­male full-time em­ploy­ment has also in­creased to a record high of 3,168,200.

“The Gov­ern­ment re­mains acutely aware, though, that there are still more than 700,000 Aus­tralians who re­main un­em­ployed.”

PRIME EX­AM­PLE: Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Kelly O’Dwyer.

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