Survey Shows Over Half Of Single Parents Are Employed

Survey Shows Over Half Of Single Parents Are Employed

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Over Half Of Single Parents Are Employed

Victor P Taffa

Over half (363,200 or 59 %) of one parent families with children or dependent students (aged 15–24 years) had an employed parent in June 2016, according to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Jennifer Humphrys, Director of Household Income and Labour Market Section at the ABS, said that in recent years the proportion of one parent families with an employed parent with children or dependent students had remained stable.

“The vast majority (83 %) of one parent families with children or dependent students were headed by a single mother.” Ms. Humphrys said.

Over half (56 %) of one parent families with children or dependent students headed by a mother were employed, compared to 72 % of one parent families with children or dependent students headed by a father.

Employment of parents in one parent families generally increased with the age of the youngest dependant, from 40 % (youngest dependant under 5 years old) to 72 % (youngest dependant 15–24 years old).