Australian Bureau of Statistics
6265.0 - Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 2006
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Over half a million Australian workers are underemployed: ABS
Just over half a million (544,600) workers were ready and willing to work more hours in September 2006, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Underemployed workers are either part-time workers who want (and are available for) more hours of work than they currently have; or full-time workers who worked part-time hours during the reference week for economic reasons.
The vast majority (483,900 or 89%) of underemployed workers were working part-time. They represented 17% of all part-time workers in the labour force.
Most part-time workers did not want to work additional hours and so were not classed as underemployed - 2.3 million of the 2.9 million part-time workers (80%) would not prefer to work more hours.
The underemployment rate (the number of underemployed workers expressed as a percentage of the labour force) was 5.0% at September 2006. When combined with an unemployment rate of 4.8% for the same period, this gives a labour force underutilisation rate of 9.8%. The labour force underutilisation rate has continued to decrease from 12.6% in September 2001 to 9.8% in September 2006.
Other facts about underemployed workers as at September 2006 included:
Further details can be found in Underemployed Workers, Australia, September 2006 (cat. no. 6265.0).
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This page last updated 22 February 2008