In 2017 females accounted for the majority of the sharp 403,000 rise in employment, entering more full-time jobs than males.
For the first time, the gap between the male and female employment-to-population ratios fell below 10 per cent – 67 per cent for men, 57.3 per cent for women, which is the highest such figure for women ever.
The female unemployment rate in New South Wales, the employment boom state, dropped to just 4.2 per cent seasonally adjusted last month – the lowest in the 40 years of Australian Bureau of Statistics monthly labour force numbers. And that 4.2 per cent compared with a male NSW unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent.
Read the full story here and watch Libby Lyons from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency speak on these important issues (video created by Red Ark for the WGEA).