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Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Rise In Jobless Families During The COVID Period

Victor P Taffa

There were 157,000 more jobless families in June 2020 than in June 2019, according to the latest information released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

“With the disruption of COVID-19, there was an 11.5 % increase in families without an employed person in them, between June 2019 and June 2020. This was larger than the annual increases seen in earlier economic downturns in 1982 (9.9 %) and 1992 (9.0 %).” ABS Head of Labour Statistics Bjorn Jarvis said.

Around 21.2 % of all families were jobless families in June 2020, up from 19.3 % in June 2019.

Mr. Jarvis said not all jobless families were searching for work, as they included retired couples and parents out of the work force while caring for infants.

“Families with dependants have a lower level of joblessness than older families, but the extent of job losses during the COVID-19 period resulted in a larger annual increase in the number of jobless families with dependants (17.0 %).” Mr. Jarvis said.

“Couple families with children under 15 account for around two thirds of all families with dependents (65.4 %), and their rate of joblessness rose from 3.6 % in June 2019 to 5.3 % in June 2020.”

Information also showed:

  • There were 7.2 Million families in June 2020, an increase of 1.1 Million since 2010
  • 1 in 7 families were one parent families (14.2 %)
  • For one parent families with dependants, about 1 in 3 were jobless families (32.1 %)
  • Of the 6.1 Million couples in June 2020, 1.4 % were same-sex couples, up from 0.6 % 10 years ago
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