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Wednesday, 2 December 1936


Senator BADMAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

What are the latest figures relating to unemployment in Australia, giving the number and percentages of available wage-earners who are unemployed in each State?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Prime Minister has supplied the following answers : -

Complete statistics of the actual number and percentages of available wage-earners who are unemployed in each State are not available, but the following table showing the percentages of members of reporting trade unions returned ils unemployed in carli St nlc indicates the trend of unemployment during the period from the March quarter, 192!), to the September quarter, 1936: -

It will be seen from the above that the percentages of members of reporting trade unions returned as unemployed has decreased from a peak of 30 per cent, in June quarter, 1932. to 12 per cent, in September quarter, 1930'.

Comprehensive percentages of unemployment have been estimated only by the Government Statisticians of New South Wales and Queensland. In the case of New South Wales, the percentage unemployed of all who are dependent on and available for employment is stated for October, 1930, its 7.1 per cent, (including the full-time equivalent of parttime relief work as employment) or 8.5 per cent, (counting all part-time relief workers as unemployed). In Queensland, the percentage unemployed of men wage and salary earners is stated for the three months ended September, 1930, as 5.3 per cent, (including the full time equivalent of relief work as employment) or 10.1 per cent, (counting all relief workers as unemployed) .







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