The figure is completely different for males; those with young children are much more likely to be in work (92 per cent) than those without (68 per cent). [...] a male living with a small child has a much higher chance of being employed than a woman in similar circumstances - 92 per cent compared with 50 per cent.
Women in the recession examining Australia’s hidden unemployed David Richardson, Senior Research Fellow, The Australia Institute The Australia Institute was up much more rapidly women comprised 63 per asked to examine the position than women. However, to cent of Australia’s hidden of women in the recession by be officially recorded as unemployed, a figure that had the National Foundation for unemployed by the Australian ranged between 63 and 66 Australian Women on behalf Bureau of Statistics (ABS) per cent during the previous of Security4Women and the you have to: decade. 1 However, for some WomenSpeak Alliance. of the critical age groups, • have worked less than they reached an even higher One of the major findings in one hour in the last week, proportion. For example, in the subsequent report was • had actively looked for the 25 to 34-year-old group, that women had already work at any time in the they comprised 80 per cent been suffering from hidden four weeks up to the end of the hidden unemployed unemployment prior to the of the reference week and and for the 35 to 44-year-old recession so that the official were available for work in group, 77 per cent. unemployment figures the reference week or paint a distorted picture of • be waiting to begin a new Many women do not even the problems they face— job within four weeks from get included in the hidden problems that worsened as the end of the reference unemployment figures but we moved into recession. week and could have are defined as ‘outside the This is a phenomenon that started in the reference workforce’. To be classified needs to be more widely week if the job had been as ‘outside the workforce’ appreciated because available then. means that an individual has the same stereotypes not sought work in the last underlying the definitions Many women do not fit these month and is not available of unemployment are also criteria but may fit t
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