Concern about job losses

May 6, 2014

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned?

 

Total

 

 

Male

Female

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Aug 2012

Feb 2014

Total Concerned

57%

54%

60%

68%

47%

58%

63%

47%

55%

Very concerned

23%

22%

25%

31%

15%

23%

30%

13%

22%

Somewhat concerned

34%

32%

35%

37%

32%

35%

33%

34%

33%

Not at all concerned

29%

31%

28%

18%

45%

25%

23%

37%

31%

Don’t know

7%

8%

5%

6%

5%

5%

7%

8%

6%

No employees in the immediate family

7%

7%

7%

7%

4%

11%

9%

7%

8%

Just over half (57%) of Australians are concerned that they, or a member of their immediate family will lose their jobs in the next year or so.

This is an increase of +3% from when the question was last asked in February 2014, and an increase of +10% from August 2013.

Females (60%) are more likely to be concerned than males (54%).

Labor (68%) and Other (63%) voters are more likely to be concerned. Lib/Nat (47%) are less likely to be concerned. Lib/Nat voters are the group most likely to indicate that they are not at all concerned (45% compared to 29% for the overall sample).

Those aged 35-54 were the most likely to be concerned (62%).

Those in VIC were the least likely to be concerned (53%). Those in QLD (63%) and NSW (59%) were more likely.