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Central Coast Council area

Overseas born - Employment status

In 2011, 20,725 overseas born people were employed in the Central Coast Council area, of which 62.7% were working full time and 31.4% part time.

For the overseas-born population, being able to find work and participate in the local economy is a very important step to settling into Australia. High employment can indicate an engaged migrant community, or perhaps a large contingent on work-sponsored visas. A high level of unemployment or low participation rate (the percentage of the population in the labour force) can indicate a community of recent migrants with difficulties adjusting to economic life in Australia, and in some cases with a reliance on government benefits.

Differences in employment status for the local overseas-born populations may be related to the age and length of time that population has been in Australia, and the reason for migration (eg. some people migrate specifically for employment, so unemployment would be expected to be low in this case).

Employment data should be looked at in conjunction with Age Structure and Qualification data for the recent arrivals.

Derived from the Census question:

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

People born overseas aged 15+

Employment status
Central Coast Council area - Overseas born20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Employed20,72594.093.318,68993.793.5+2,036
Employed full-time13,00359.063.111,86859.564.1+1,135
Employed part-time6,50329.525.05,69328.523.6+810
Employed, away from work8003.62.96683.32.8+132
Employed, hours not stated4191.92.34602.32.9-41
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1,3226.06.71,2616.36.5+61
Looking for full-time work8043.63.98024.03.8+2
Looking for part-time work5182.32.84592.32.7+59

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 - Overseas born20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)22,04752.861.619,95052.560.8+2,097
Not in the labour force18,84045.136.917,06244.937.1+1,778
Labour force status not stated8842.11.69572.52.1-73

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, Greater Sydney: 93.3% Employed full-time, Greater Sydney: 63.1% Employed part-time, Greater Sydney: 25.0% Employed, away from work, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Employed, hours not stated, Greater Sydney: 2.3% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Sydney: 6.7% Looking for full-time work, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Looking for part-time work, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Employed, Central Coast Council area: 94.0% Employed full-time, Central Coast Council area: 59.0% Employed part-time, Central Coast Council area: 29.5% Employed, away from work, Central Coast Council area: 3.6% Employed, hours not stated, Central Coast Council area: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Central Coast Council area: 6.0% Looking for full-time work, Central Coast Council area: 3.6% Looking for part-time work, Central Coast Council area: 2.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.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: +2,036 Employed full-time, Central Coast Council area: +1,135 Employed part-time, Central Coast Council area: +810 Employed, away from work, Central Coast Council area: +132 Employed, hours not stated, Central Coast Council area: -41 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Central Coast Council area: +61 Looking for full-time work, Central Coast Council area: +2 Looking for part-time work, Central Coast Council area: +59
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of the Central Coast Council area's labour force born overseas in 2011 was 22,047 people, of which 6,503 were employed part-time and 13,003 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status of the overseas born population (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 94.0% of the labour force born overseas was employed (49.6% of the population aged 15+), and 6.0% unemployed (3.2% of the population aged 15+), compared with 93.3% and 6.7% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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 overseas born population in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (52.8%) compared with Greater Sydney (61.6%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of overseas born people employed in the Central Coast Council area showed an increase of 2,036 persons and the number unemployed showed an increase of 61 persons. In the same period, the number of overseas born people in the labour force showed an increase of 2,097 persons, or 10.5%.

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