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ABS: Jobless parents with dependents struggling

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Data has been released today (September 28) regarding the degree to which everyday Australians are struggling with the household budget.

Research by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that more than one in ten families with dependants were unemployed during the month of June 2011.

ABS believes that the figure has remained steady for the past few years, meaning that 96,000 families are having to provide for dependents without a source of income.

The number amounts to 530,000 children under the age of 15 living in jobless families.

According to the ABS: "Less than half - 43 per cent - of the 1.3 million dependent students studying full-time and still living with their parents in June were employed."

Whereas rates of unemployment amongst men were stable across all child age groups, the data showed that female employment rates were influenced by the age of their children.

Australian families with dependents and no source of income are more likely to struggle with general household expenditure - including food, energy and water bills.

Many may be able to benefit by consulting with a switching service which can seek out utilities companies that offer cheaper electricity and gas prices.

Posted by Callum Fleming