WORLD Australia faces major surge in male unemployment: opposition

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Australia faces major surge in male unemployment: opposition

Xinhua

17:04, November 02, 2020

CANBERRA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Australia's opposition Labor Party has warned of an impending "tsunami" of job losses in male-dominated industries.

A passer-by (R) gives money to a man in Melbourne's central business district on October 15, 2020, as Australia's unemployment rate ticks up. (File photo: AFP)

In a speech on Monday, Clare O'Neil, Labor's shadow minister for innovation, technology and the future of work, said that while women bore the brunt of job losses as a result of the coronavirus restrictions, men were suffering from the sustained economic downturn.

She told the McKell Institute, a public policy institute, that there is "a tsunami coming for workers in predominantly male industries", calling for more "nuance" in the discussion around gender and work.

"Women had it worse to begin with. Now it is men. And there is evidence that as the months progress we may see more of this," O'Neil said.

"Lockdowns affect women more than men but the downturns that follow will probably affect men more than women," she said. "For many Australian men, things are going backwards and the public discussion just doesn't reflect their reality."

Official figures showed that in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, the male unemployment rate in September was 7.8 percent, up 2.5 percentage points from March, compared to a female unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. Male unemployment in Queensland was 8.75 percent compared to 6.5 percent for women.

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