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A long-term shift to a more female-oriented workforce in Australia has accelerated in recent years, with Australia's jobs boom heavily favouring women as female-dominated service industries expand rapidly.

In the year to August, according to ABS data, 1.4 jobs for women were created for every one for a male, with over 182,000 new jobs taken by women compared to less than 130,000 jobs for men. That's a significant acceleration in female job creation compared to the five years to August 2019, during which 713,000 female jobs were created compared to 573,000 for men.

That, in turn, was a faster rate of female job creation than the five years to 2014. In February this year, the number of employed women topped 6 million, and they now make up 47% of the workforce, up from 46% in 2014.