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Central Coast Council area

Low income households - Employment status

6,737 people in low income households in the Central Coast Council area were employed, of which 29.5% were working full time and 62.6% part time.

The Central Coast Council area'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.

For people counted in low income households, it is likely that employment characteristics will be quite different to the total population. As income is usually linked to employment, low incomes are usually correlated with high unemployment and low workforce participation. This is important information in planning services for those on low incomes - for instance families with unemployed breadwinners may need different levels of support to low income retirees.

Employment status is linked to a number of other 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 and Qualifications).

Derived from the Census question:

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

People aged 15 years and over in low income households, counted in private dwellings

Employment status
Central Coast Council area - Low income households20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Employed6,73773.675.64,20263.668.7+2,535
Employed full-time1,98821.726.11,19318.123.1+795
Employed part-time4,21546.042.92,59139.238.9+1,624
Employed, away from work3463.83.92493.83.6+97
Employed, hours not stated1882.12.71692.63.1+19
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)2,42026.424.42,40436.431.3+16
Looking for full-time work1,54916.914.81,69125.620.3-142
Looking for part-time work8719.59.671310.811.0+158

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 - Low income households20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)9,15721.525.86,60617.622.5+2,551
Not in the labour force32,60776.472.429,68379.374.9+2,924
Labour force status not stated9152.11.81,1463.12.6-231

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: 75.6% Employed full-time, New South Wales: 26.1% Employed part-time, New South Wales: 42.9% Employed, away from work, New South Wales: 3.9% Employed, hours not stated, New South Wales: 2.7% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), New South Wales: 24.4% Looking for full-time work, New South Wales: 14.8% Looking for part-time work, New South Wales: 9.6% Employed, Central Coast Council area: 73.6% Employed full-time, Central Coast Council area: 21.7% Employed part-time, Central Coast Council area: 46.0% Employed, away from work, Central Coast Council area: 3.8% Employed, hours not stated, Central Coast Council area: 2.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Central Coast Council area: 26.4% Looking for full-time work, Central Coast Council area: 16.9% Looking for part-time work, Central Coast Council area: 9.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Central Coast Council area: +2,535 Employed full-time, Central Coast Council area: +795 Employed part-time, Central Coast Council area: +1,624 Employed, away from work, Central Coast Council area: +97 Employed, hours not stated, Central Coast Council area: +19 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Central Coast Council area: +16 Looking for full-time work, Central Coast Council area: -142 Looking for part-time work, Central Coast Council area: +158
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of the Central Coast Council area's labour force in low income households in 2011 was 9,157, of which 4,215 were employed part-time and 1,988 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status of people in low income households (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 of people in low income households in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 73.6% of the labour force was employed (15.8% of the population aged 15+), and 26.4% unemployed (5.7% of the population aged 15+), compared with 75.6% and 24.4% 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 people in low income households in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (21.5%) compared with New South Wales (25.8%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people in low income households employed in the Central Coast Council area showed an increase of 2,535, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 16. In the same period, the number of people in low income households in the labour force showed an increase of 2,551 or 38.6%.

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