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Unemployed personA person who is not employed, but is available to work and actively seeking full-time or part-time work. The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines unemployed as: Persons aged 15 and over who were not employed during the reference week, and: had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and: were available for work in the reference week, or would have been available except for temporary illness (i.e. lasting for less than four weeks to the end of the reference week); or were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and would have started in the reference week if the job had been available then; or were waiting to be called back to a full-time or part-time job from which they had been stood down without pay for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week (including the whole of the reference week) for reasons other than bad weather or plant breakdown. Source: ABS cat.no.6203.0, Labour Force, Australia, August 1999, p.71.
 


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