Definition 1: Employment means deriving income from carrying out activities or from investments.
Answer 1: Never been unemployed, since commencing my first employment. For the average person, there are simply too many opportunities in Australia to generate income in a legal manner. This is separate to the issue of actually deriving it a manner that you would prefer, or in the volume that you would prefer.
Definition 2: Employment is being in the type of employment that you would prefer (eg. permanent, temp, PT/FT, casual, commission), even if not at the $ per hour rate that you would be satisfied with.
Answer 2: Have been unemployed for about 8months now. Have taken work wherever I can get it, even though it is not work that I like and often at the basic wage hourly rate. But it is neither secure nor enough hours to meet my requirement of FT secure work. We have a shortfall of about $1000 per month at the moment after we pay the mortgage essential bills only (i.e. utilities & groceries), so this is financially unsustainable.
Perth is no longer a mecca for jobs. It is now an employer's market, so don't move here from other capital cities in Australia in search of work - you probably have a better chance in the Eastern States of both getting work and in the manner that you want it - and the cost of living will be far cheaper too, which makes it a lot easier to survive while you're unemployed!
I've always been doing something, even if it was a bit of waitressing and bar work between uni and my first graduate job. They were all the right job for that period in time and I think you can a little from everything you do.
When I was in the work force, we never had a problem getting a job even if it was not the exact job we wanted. I believe there was also no social security (or was that in another life!)so we had to work.
It is amazing what no help will make a person do.
Anyway I started my own business when I was newly married, and went on running this even after my husband and I divorced, and we worked together for about 27 years.
So I have not really been unemployed apart from now that I am retired and would like a part time job but no one would give me this at my age, so I do voluntary work.