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Tuesday, 17 November 1959


Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

1.   What was the addition to the Australian work force in each of the last five years?

2.   What proportion of this increase was due to (a) the intake of migrants and (b) boys and girls reaching the school leaving age?

3.   What was the increase during the same years in the number of persons employed in (a) primary industry, (b) manufacturing industries, (c) commerce, (d) transport, (e) Commonwealth and State Public Services and (f) local government activities?


Mr McMahon - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Except at the taking of a census it is not possible to ascertain the precise size of the Australian work force. The latest available census statistics relate to June, 1954, when the work force numbered 3,702,022 persons. The size of additions to the Australian work force in each of the last five years must be, therefore, the subject of estimates. If it is assumed that the numbers is the work force in the years subsequent to 1954 bore the same proportionate relationships to the size of the population, in various age groups, as were disclosed by the results of the 1954 census then the additions to the Australian work force in the years since June, 1954, would have been -

 

2.   The available statistics are insufficient to enable an answer to be supplied.

3.   There are no official statistics available to show the increase in the number of persons employed in all of the activities listed. The number of persons employed includes employers, working proprietors, self-employed persons, wage and salary earners and helpers not in receipt of wage or salary. Statistics of these for all industries are available only at the taking of a census. However, estimates of the number of wage and salary earners in civil employment in industries other than primary industry are prepared monthly by the Commonwealth Statistician. These show that, in the period between June, 1954, and June, 1959, the following increases occurred in the number of wage and salary earners engaged in the activities listed below -

 







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