Labour force participation and the influence of educational attainment

Labour force Education Higher education Employment Schools Australia

Using census data, the authors find that the participation rates of both men and women with low educational attainment rose substantially between 2001 and 2006.

However, the participation rates of people with no post-school qualifications remain significantly below those with post-school qualifications (around 10 percentage points for both men and women). Within the no post-school qualifications group, the outcomes for those who completed school to year 9 or less are especially poor, with participation rates up to 20 percentage points lower than for other more highly educated groups. 

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