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City of Darwin

Life-stages - Employment status

In 2011, 4,875 people aged 18 to 24 years living in City of Darwin were employed, of which 66.5% were working full time and 26.2% 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 18 to 24 years

Employment status
City of Darwin - 18 to 24 years20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Northern TerritoryNumber%Northern Territory2006 to 2011
Employed4,87592.490.34,88893.992.9-13
Employed full-time3,24161.461.33,27362.960.4-32
Employed part-time1,27824.221.11,26824.425.1+10
Employed, away from work2033.84.51452.83.1+58
Employed, hours not stated1532.93.42023.94.3-49
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)4027.69.73186.17.1+84
Looking for full-time work2524.87.22053.95.1+47
Looking for part-time work1502.82.51132.22.1+37

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

Labour force status
City of Darwin - 18 to 24 years20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Northern TerritoryNumber%Northern Territory2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)5,27772.464.35,20674.964.1+71
Not in the labour force1,15315.825.097514.023.6+178
Labour force status not stated86211.810.777311.112.3+89

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, Northern Territory: 90.3% Employed full-time, Northern Territory: 61.3% Employed part-time, Northern Territory: 21.1% Employed, away from work, Northern Territory: 4.5% Employed, hours not stated, Northern Territory: 3.4% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Northern Territory: 9.7% Looking for full-time work, Northern Territory: 7.2% Looking for part-time work, Northern Territory: 2.5% Employed, City of Darwin: 92.4% Employed full-time, City of Darwin: 61.4% Employed part-time, City of Darwin: 24.2% Employed, away from work, City of Darwin: 3.8% Employed, hours not stated, City of Darwin: 2.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Darwin: 7.6% Looking for full-time work, City of Darwin: 4.8% Looking for part-time work, City of Darwin: 2.8%
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, City of Darwin: -13 Employed full-time, City of Darwin: -32 Employed part-time, City of Darwin: +10 Employed, away from work, City of Darwin: +58 Employed, hours not stated, City of Darwin: -49 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Darwin: +84 Looking for full-time work, City of Darwin: +47 Looking for part-time work, City of Darwin: +37
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 City of Darwin's labour force aged 18 to 24 years in 2011 was 5,277 persons, of which 1,278 were employed part-time and 3,241 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status of people aged 18 to 24 years (as a percentage of the labour force) in City of Darwin in 2011 compared to Northern Territory shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 92.4% of the labour force aged 18 to 24 years was employed (66.9% of the population aged 15+), and 7.6% unemployed (5.5% of the population aged 15+), compared with 90.3% and 9.7% respectively for Northern Territory.

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 18 to 24 years in City of Darwin in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (72.4%) compared with Northern Territory (64.3%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people aged 18 to 24 years employed in City of Darwin showed a decrease of 13 persons and the number unemployed showed an increase of 84 persons. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 71 persons, or 1.4%.

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