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Overseas born - Employment status

In 2011, 23,354 overseas born people were employed in the City of Knox, of which 67.0% were working full time and 28.1% 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
City of Knox - Overseas born20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Employed23,35495.193.121,10795.492.9+2,247
Employed full-time15,64663.760.714,38765.161.6+1,259
Employed part-time6,56526.727.05,48124.825.5+1,084
Employed, away from work6882.83.16412.92.9+47
Employed, hours not stated4551.92.35982.72.9-143
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1,2024.96.91,0094.67.1+193
Looking for full-time work6652.73.95932.74.2+72
Looking for part-time work5372.23.04161.93.0+121

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 Knox - Overseas born20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)24,55662.358.422,11662.756.0+2,440
Not in the labour force14,25836.239.812,57835.741.6+1,680
Labour force status not stated5841.51.85641.62.3+20

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 Melbourne: 93.1% Employed full-time, Greater Melbourne: 60.7% Employed part-time, Greater Melbourne: 27.0% Employed, away from work, Greater Melbourne: 3.1% Employed, hours not stated, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Melbourne: 6.9% Looking for full-time work, Greater Melbourne: 3.9% Looking for part-time work, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Employed, City of Knox: 95.1% Employed full-time, City of Knox: 63.7% Employed part-time, City of Knox: 26.7% Employed, away from work, City of Knox: 2.8% Employed, hours not stated, City of Knox: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Knox: 4.9% Looking for full-time work, City of Knox: 2.7% Looking for part-time work, City of Knox: 2.2%
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, City of Knox: +2,247 Employed full-time, City of Knox: +1,259 Employed part-time, City of Knox: +1,084 Employed, away from work, City of Knox: +47 Employed, hours not stated, City of Knox: -143 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Knox: +193 Looking for full-time work, City of Knox: +72 Looking for part-time work, City of Knox: +121
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 City of Knox's labour force born overseas in 2011 was 24,556 people, of which 6,565 were employed part-time and 15,646 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status of the overseas born population (as a percentage of the labour force) in the City of Knox in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 95.1% of the labour force born overseas was employed (59.3% of the population aged 15+), and 4.9% unemployed (3.1% of the population aged 15+), compared with 93.1% and 6.9% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

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 City of Knox in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (62.3%) compared with Greater Melbourne (58.4%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of overseas born people employed in the City of Knox showed an increase of 2,247 persons and the number unemployed showed an increase of 193 persons. In the same period, the number of overseas born people in the labour force showed an increase of 2,440 persons, or 11.0%.