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Women the mystery ingredient in Australia's jobs feast

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The proportion of women in Australia's workforce has reached a record high of 60 per cent, which analysts say is a big positive for the economy. More than a third of the 329,000 net jobs created in Australia in the year to August were in healthcare, outstripping even the booming construction industry.

Sydney

WOMEN coming into Australia's workforce provide the answer to an economic puzzle that analysts and policymakers alike have been struggling to solve this year.

While the country's employment has been surging beyond all expectations, the jobless rate hardly budged.

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