Media and Communications Manager
There are currently more women employed in Australia than ever before, according the Department of Employment’s Australian Jobs 2016 report.
The report shows that the number of women employed was up by 3.5% to a record of 5.5 million in January 2016, accounting for more than 60% of total employment growth over this period.
This rise was driven by a large increase of 114,000 in female full-time employment, up 4.0% to a record high of 2.96 million. Female part-time employment also increased solidly by 73,400 up 3.0% to 2.55 million, also a record.
Against this backdrop, the female unemployment rate fell by 0.3 percentage points over the year to January 2016, to 5.9%, while the female participation rate increased by 1.0 percentage point to 59.5%, the equal highest rate on record.
In 2014 Australia set a target at the G20 to reduce the gender gap in workforce participation by 25% by 2025.