Australia
Employment status

10,057,142 people living in the Australia in 2011 were employed, of which 63% worked full time and 35% part time.

The Australia's employment statistics are an important indicator of socio-economic status. The levels of full or part-time employment, unemployment and labour force participation indicate the strength of the local economy and social characteristics of the population. Employment status is linked to a number of factors including Age Structure, which influences the number of people in the workforce; the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area and; the education and skill base of the population (Occupations, Industries, Qualifications).

Derived from the Census question:

'Last week did the person have a full time or part time job of any kind?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Employment status
Australia - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Employed10,057,14294.494.59,104,18494.895.0+952,958
Employed full-time6,366,68259.760.65,827,43360.761.7+539,249
Employed part-time3,472,01232.631.83,023,18431.530.7+448,828
Hours worked not stated218,4482.02.0253,5672.62.6-35,119
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)600,0985.65.5503,8025.25.0+96,296
Looking for full-time work357,8333.43.2310,5823.23.0+47,251
Looking for part-time work242,2652.32.3193,2202.02.0+49,045

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Labour force status
Australia - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)10,657,24061.462.79,607,98660.461.4+1,049,254
Not in the labour force5,728,09733.031.85,271,11733.131.9+456,980
Labour force status not stated975,8245.65.51,038,9776.56.7-63,153

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Employment status, 2011
Employment status, 2011 Employed, Greater Capital Cities: 94.5% Employed full-time, Greater Capital Cities: 60.6% Employed part-time, Greater Capital Cities: 31.8% Hours worked not stated, Greater Capital Cities: 2.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Capital Cities: 5.5% Looking for full-time work, Greater Capital Cities: 3.2% Looking for part-time work, Greater Capital Cities: 2.3% Employed, Australia: 94.4% Employed full-time, Australia: 59.7% Employed part-time, Australia: 32.6% Hours worked not stated, Australia: 2.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Australia: 5.6% Looking for full-time work, Australia: 3.4% Looking for part-time work, Australia: 2.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Australia: +952,958 Employed full-time, Australia: +539,249 Employed part-time, Australia: +448,828 Hours worked not stated, Australia: -35,119 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Australia: +96,296 Looking for full-time work, Australia: +47,251 Looking for part-time work, Australia: +49,045
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

The size of the Australia's labour force in 2011 was 10,657,240, of which 3,472,012 were employed part-time and 6,366,682 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Australia in 2011 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a similar proportion in employment, as well as a similar proportion unemployed. Overall, 94.4% of the labour force was employed (57.9% of the population aged 15+), and 5.6% unemployed (3.5% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.5% and 5.5% respectively for Greater Capital Cities.

The labour force participation rate refers to the proportion of the population aged 15 years and over that was employed or actively looking for work. "The labour force is a fundamental input to domestic production. Its size and composition are therefore crucial factors in economic growth. From the viewpoint of social development, earnings from paid work are a major influence on levels of economic well-being." (Australian Social Trends 1995).

Analysis of the labour force participation rate of the population in the Australia in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (61.4%) compared with Greater Capital Cities (62.7%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in the Australia showed an increase of 952,958, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 96,296. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 1,049,254 or 10.9%.

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