‘Very large fall’ in female workforce participation rate, new figures show

With news that Australia’s unemployment rate fell to 5.5 per cent in April, it’d be easy to think that there was more work being done by Australians in the economy.

But according to analysis by The Australia Institute, the fall in the unemployment rate is not because employment increased – it’s because a lot of people decided to leave the labour market altogether. The vast majority of these people were women.

Matt Grudnoff, a senior economist at the Australia Institute, said many women are deciding to give up looking for work and the government’s focus on stimulus for male dominated industries isn’t helping.

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