Is the employment status of Australians related to cannabis use in the past 12 months?
12% of employed Australians used cannabis in the past 12 months, compared to 19% of unemployed Australians and 6% of Australians who are not in the labour force.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).
Employed: Self-employed or working for salary or wages.
Employment Status: Whether an individual is currently: a) employed; b) unemployed; or c) not in the labour force.
Not in the Labour Force: Engaged in home duties, volunteer/charity work, student, retiree/pensioner, other.
Unemployed: Not currently working and actively seeking employment.