Hervey Bay Strandbag manager Milly Novac is part of a huge increase in the number of women in the workforce since 1961.
Hervey Bay Strandbag manager Milly Novac is part of a huge increase in the number of women in the workforce since 1961. Megan Pope

Number of working women doubles

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics has opened a window to the world of the 1960s Australian workplace and how it compares to today.

The Now and Then 50 Years of the Labour Force Report revealed that almost double the number of women were participating in the labour force in 2011, compared to 1961.

There had also been substantial growth in the amount of part-time work for modern women and also a large proportion of baby boomer men (15% of men working in 55-59 age bracket work part-time).

The most common jobs in August 1966 were tradesmen, labourers, farmers, fishermen and clerical.

The most common occupations in August 2011 were professionals, clerical and administrative, technicians and trades workers.

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