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Female underemployment high

Amy Remeikis writes in the Brisbane Times (13.3.15) about the latest statistics:

‘The most recent unemployment figures, released on Thursday, continued the state’s trend of having jobless levels above the national average.

‘But it also showed a gender gap in the levels of underemployment, the measure used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to describe part-time staff who want more hours of work than they are granted, or full-time workers who have been reduced to part-time hours. …

‘In Queensland, women’s underemployment reached the worst level since records began in 1978, at 11.5 per cent. That was higher than the state total of 9 per cent and nearly five points higher than their male counterparts at 6.9 per cent.’

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