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  • November 12 2020
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By Cameron Micallef
November 12 2020

The number of students working while they study fell by 283,000 between May 2019 and May 2020, official data shows.

283,000 students without a job

283,000 students without a job

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  • November 12 2020
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The number of students working while they study fell by 283,000 between May 2019 and May 2020, official data shows.

283,000 students without a job

Stats collated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the proportion of students aged between 15-64 who were employed fell from 54 to 50 per cent.

The survey also showed that 1.4 million people were studying at higher education institutions and just under half a million (475,000) were studying at technical and further education (TAFE) institutions.

ABS director of education and training statistics, Steven Nicholas, said this reflected a general drop in engagement in work and/or study between May 2019 and May 2020, with full-time engagement dropping from 66 per cent of people aged 15-64 in May 2019 to 63 per cent in May 2020. 

“The decrease was mainly due to a fall in people working full-time, from 51 per cent to 49 per cent,” Mr Nicholas said.

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“Due to fewer international students, there was also an overall decrease in people studying for a Certificate III or above.”

Young people were more likely to be not working or studying at all, rising from 11 per cent of people aged 20-24 years in May 2019 to 16 per cent this year.

“This was particularly noticeable for 20 to 24-year-olds, 41 per cent compared with 44 per cent in 2019, a drop of 66,100 students.”

“There was also a fall in apprentices, from 5 per cent of 15 to 24-year-olds in May 2019 to 4 per cent in May 2020,” Mr Nicholas concluded. 

283,000 students without a job
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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