The pleasing aspect is that in these reports there is more gender disaggregation than previous issues. Most of the indicator trends remain fairly steady.
Some trends of interest:
- Overall the number of discouraged job seekers has decreased since 2009, following the increase of discouraged job seekers during the period of 2008 – 2009.
- Of the 762,700 people who were not discouraged job seekers, the most commonly reported main reason for not actively looking for work, by men, was ‘Attending an educational institution’ (35%), followed by ‘Own long-term health condition or disability’ (15%). By comparison, the most commonly reported main reason for women was ‘Caring for children’ (30%), followed by ‘Attending an educational institution’ (18%).