More than one in 10 Australian workers say they are now working for someone who has been out of work for at least six months, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.
A further 22 per cent say they have been out for less than six months and 12 per cent are working for themselves.
The numbers are similar in the US, where about one in four workers say their employer has been in a layoff or job-hunting freeze for at most six months.
The survey of more than 12,000 workers by the ABC’s CareerBuilder found that almost one in five Australian workers aged between 25 and 44 had been out on the job for at some point in the past six months – including almost one-in-ten people aged 45 and over.
Key points:More than one-third of Australians aged 25-44 say they were out on average for less-than six monthsA further 18 per cent were working for others who were also out of the workforceA further 11 per cent said they were working in their own rightWhile most of the people who worked in their current job said they had been laid off, about one-quarter of those who had been part-time and self-employed had also been out.
Employment minister Michaelia Cash said the survey showed Australia’s “job market is not as strong as it should be”.
“It is a national disgrace that people in this country who have put their whole lives on the line for this country are not finding work,” she said.
“People who have worked hard for our country and have made their lives here should not be left out.”
The government is doing all we can to get our economy back on track.
“Ms Cash said that despite the unemployment rate of 6.7 per cent in the first quarter, people were still more likely to want to work than not, with a median of 22 per of those surveyed in the 25-54 age group wanting to work, compared to just 17 per cent of those aged 55-64.”
We have to ensure the jobs of tomorrow are being created and the skills of tomorrow have a chance to be developed,” she told the ABC.
Ms Harris said she believed it was the Australian economy’s first quarter in a year of growth and employment gains had also created a “tremendous” job market.””
There are more people looking for work, more jobs are being filled,” she added.
Ms Harris said she believed it was the Australian economy’s first quarter in a year of growth and employment gains had also created a “tremendous” job market.
“In my view, we are just starting to see the full benefits of the economic and social recovery that we have been seeing,” she continued.
“And we are starting to get a sense of the opportunities that we are creating for people and their families.”
There is a lot of good news coming through.