Australia in a man drought

Australia in a man drought

Australia in a man drought

Updated 17 February 2014, 12:41 AEDT

There are 100,000 more women than men in Australia, confirming what many single women in the country already suspect - Australia is suffering a man drought.

It doesn't start off this way, with the birth of more male than female babies, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
 
It appears men are largely leaving the country to pursue employment opportunities overseas. 
 
"It's at the mid-thirties that you start to get the deficit when men leave through the working years, and that continues even up until the sixties and then the women really rocket ahead because women in Australia outlive men as well", said Mark McCrindle, a social researcher and demographer with McCrindle Research. 
 
There are gender differentials across the states and territories and while there is this 'man drought' across the eastern states, men are found in greater numbers in the west and the Top End, due mainly to the male-dominated mining and defence employment opportunties that exist there. 
 
Presenter: Phil Kafcaloudes
 
Speaker: Mark McCrindle, social researcher and demographer at McCrindle Research

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