Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Men in All the Wrong Places; It's the Story of Modern Life A[euro]" There's Plenty of Them to Go around, but Sadly They Congregate Where Single Women Do Not

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Men in All the Wrong Places; It's the Story of Modern Life A[euro]" There's Plenty of Them to Go around, but Sadly They Congregate Where Single Women Do Not

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THE man drought is more than just a talking point on Sex and the City.

For some Queensland regional areas, it is a frustrating fact of life.

The term was first coined by demographer Bernard Salt after he found an increasing difference between the supply of men and women in the key reproductive age groups.

In 1976, Australia had 54,000 more men than women aged in their 30s, but by 2006 the excess of young men had turned into a deficit of 9000.

But thanks to the global financial crisis, in 2011 it appears that the man drought is easing a though it could only be temporary.

Mr Salt said the GFC had forced Australian expats out of cities such as London, Shanghai and Dubai.

Aussie men working in male-dominated industries, such as financial services, were returning home after the hard economic times had left them without a job.

Statistics from 2009 showed an extra 35,000 men had appeared in Australia in the past four years, with the overall imbalance of women to men dropping from 133,000 to 98,000.

2010 ABS figures show that for every 100 females in Queensland there are 99.9 males.

The problem, however, is that the gender balance is not so evenly split among each town.

A generation ago women were likely to remain in rural communities whereas today they are more mobile and likely to move to the city to study.

aIt's a story of modern life. Women were once happy to marry the local farmer, now they're more likely to get an education, have a career and move away to the city, which upsets the gender balance between the country and the city,a Mr Salt said.

aSingle men tend to be concentrated in rural and remote communities whereas single women prefer the city and lifestyle towns in sea-change and tree-change communities.

aThere is an oversupply of single men in the mining communities as the resources boom is still going strong, whereas women tend to gravitate towards the coast and lifestyle areas, particularly Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. …

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