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Central Coast Council area

Life-stages - Employment status

In 2011, 20,976 people aged 15 to 24 living in the Central Coast Council area were employed, of which 44.3% were working full time and 48.1% part time.

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. Typically, unemployment among youth (under 25) and seniors (over 55) are regarded as important indicators of social cohesion.

The participation rate is another indicator - defined as the percentage of the population in the labour force, it applies to all people over 15, and tends to peak among people in their 30s, while being lower for age groups with a lot of students, retirees, and where one partner has child care responsibilities. A high participation rate may indicate a place people settle to be near employment, while a low one for a particular age group could indicate many retirees or discouraged job seekers.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People aged 15 to 24

Employment status
Central Coast Council area - 15 to 2420112006Change
Employment statusNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Employed20,97685.187.220,31286.588.5+664
Employed full-time9,30137.840.19,53440.643.8-233
Employed part-time10,08540.940.89,16139.037.7+924
Employed, away from work8583.53.47373.13.1+121
Employed, hours not stated7323.03.08803.73.9-148
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)3,66014.912.83,16213.511.5+498
Looking for full-time work2,1138.66.21,9908.56.4+123
Looking for part-time work1,5476.36.61,1725.05.1+375

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

Labour force status
Central Coast Council area - 15 to 2420112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)24,63664.458.323,47465.259.8+1,162
Not in the labour force11,96131.336.510,58529.433.9+1,376
Labour force status not stated1,6574.35.21,9665.56.3-309

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

Employment status, 2011
Employment status, 2011 Employed, New South Wales: 87.2% Employed full-time, New South Wales: 40.1% Employed part-time, New South Wales: 40.8% Employed, away from work, New South Wales: 3.4% Employed, hours not stated, New South Wales: 3.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), New South Wales: 12.8% Looking for full-time work, New South Wales: 6.2% Looking for part-time work, New South Wales: 6.6% Employed, Central Coast Council area: 85.1% Employed full-time, Central Coast Council area: 37.8% Employed part-time, Central Coast Council area: 40.9% Employed, away from work, Central Coast Council area: 3.5% Employed, hours not stated, Central Coast Council area: 3.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Central Coast Council area: 14.9% Looking for full-time work, Central Coast Council area: 8.6% Looking for part-time work, Central Coast Council area: 6.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Central Coast Council area: +664 Employed full-time, Central Coast Council area: -233 Employed part-time, Central Coast Council area: +924 Employed, away from work, Central Coast Council area: +121 Employed, hours not stated, Central Coast Council area: -148 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Central Coast Council area: +498 Looking for full-time work, Central Coast Council area: +123 Looking for part-time work, Central Coast Council area: +375
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of the Central Coast Council area's labour force aged 15 to 24 in 2011 was 24,636 persons, of which 10,085 were employed part-time and 9,301 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status of people aged 15 to 24 (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 85.1% of the labour force aged 15 to 24 was employed (54.8% of the population aged 15+), and 14.9% unemployed (9.6% of the population aged 15+), compared with 87.2% and 12.8% respectively for New South Wales.

The labour force participation rate refers to the proportion of the population over 15 years of age 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 aged 15 to 24 in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (64.4%) compared with New South Wales (58.3%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people aged 15 to 24 employed in the Central Coast Council area showed an increase of 664 persons and the number unemployed showed an increase of 498 persons. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 1,162 persons, or 5.0%.

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