Economic Participation


Lack of appropriate, adequate, secure employment is a key issue for many Tasmanians. TasCOSS advocates for measures that can help attract secure, socially sustainable employment and also ensure that isolated potential workers can get to training and jobs. We also support the development of flexible employment opportunities—social enterprises, for instance—that take into account diverse physical, intellectual and emotional abilities, special scheduling needs, needs for child and elder care, and other issues that can be barriers to participation in the more traditional labour force.

Facts and figures

  • As of March 2014, Tasmania’s unemployment rate was 7.8%, with 25,096 job-seekers registered in the state. The average age of a job seeker was 37 years.  
  • Tasmania has not only the nation’s highest rates of unemployment, but its longest durations of unemployment. As of June 2013:
  • Tasmania’s average duration of unemployment was 47.5 weeks, compared to a national average of 36.9 weeks. 
  • Around 4300 Tasmanians had been unemployed for over a year; of these, around 2300 had been unemployed for over two years. 
  • The long-term (over 52 weeks) unemployment rate at that time was 1.7%, compared to a national average of 1%. Long-term job seekers made up 23.8% of unemployed Tasmanians, compared to a national average of 18.7%.
  • Very long-term (over 104 weeks) unemployment stood at 0.9%, compared to a national average of 0.7%.  Very long-term job seekers made up 12.6% of unemployed Tasmanians, compared to a national average of 9.1%.  
  • Tasmania’s extended labour force underutilisation rate is 18.1%, the highest of all states and territories.

Contact

For more information about this policy area, contact Wynne Russell on (03) 6231 0755 or wynne@tascoss.org.au