Unemployment gap Data dictionary


Outcome area Employment and financial security
Priority Economic participation

Gap in proportion of people with disability in the labour force who are unemployed, compared with proportion of people without disability.

Most recent data


Baseline data



People aged 15 and over living in households who are employed or unemployed.


People (with and without disability) aged 15 and over who are unemployed.


People (with and without disability) aged 15 and over who are employed or unemployed.

Computation description

Proportion unemployed is calculated as proportion of people who are unemployed out of people in the labour force (the sum of employed and unemployed). Gap in proportion unemployed is calculated by subtracting the proportion for people without disability from the proportion for people with disability.


100 × ((Numerator with disability ÷ Denominator with disability) - (Numerator without disability ÷ Denominator without disability))

  1. Restricted to people aged 15 and over living in households who are in the labour force. People in the labour force include those who were employed in the reference week, and those who were unemployed, that is: not employed during the reference week, had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and were available for work in the reference week.
  2. The definition of unemployment does not account for people who are underemployed (are employed but would like to work more hours) or are 'discouraged' from or have temporarily stopped participating in the labour force (would like to work but are not actively searching or were not available to start). Many people with profound disabilities may be out of scope of this measure as they may not be seeking work, or available to start work. As a result, care should be taken in interpreting this measure.


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