It’s been a good week for the Treasurer. First his Budget received favourable reviews, and yesterday’s job figures showed Australia is enjoying its lowest unemployment in 33 years.
So here’s a comparative snapshot of the labour market today, and how it looked when Olivia Newton-John hit the charts with I Honestly Love You and John Howard entered parliament as a backbencher.
|Employed full time|
|Employed part time|
|Total employed by age|
|Total employed by sector|
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing||369,500||404,800|
|Electricity, gas and water supply||86,100||104,100|
|Transport and storage||474,200||313,400|
|Government admin and defence||479,100||250,500|
|Health and community services||1,074,200||746,700|
|Recreational, personal, other services||678,900||388,500|
* Source: all figures taken from Australian Bureau of Statistics.