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Overseas born - Employment status

In 2011, 16,743 overseas born people were employed in the City of Melton, of which 68.4% were working full time and 25.3% 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 Melton - Overseas born20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Employed16,74393.493.110,78293.792.9+5,961
Employed full-time11,45063.960.77,51265.361.6+3,938
Employed part-time4,23323.627.02,47621.525.5+1,757
Employed, away from work5913.33.13853.32.9+206
Employed, hours not stated4692.62.34093.62.9+60
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1,1816.66.97196.37.1+462
Looking for full-time work7164.03.94574.04.2+259
Looking for part-time work4652.63.02622.33.0+203

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 Melton - Overseas born20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)17,92463.658.411,50163.256.0+6,423
Not in the labour force9,78334.739.86,27234.541.6+3,511
Labour force status not stated4671.71.84132.32.3+54

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 Melton: 93.4% Employed full-time, City of Melton: 63.9% Employed part-time, City of Melton: 23.6% Employed, away from work, City of Melton: 3.3% Employed, hours not stated, City of Melton: 2.6% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Melton: 6.6% Looking for full-time work, City of Melton: 4.0% Looking for part-time work, City of Melton: 2.6%
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 Melton: +5,961 Employed full-time, City of Melton: +3,938 Employed part-time, City of Melton: +1,757 Employed, away from work, City of Melton: +206 Employed, hours not stated, City of Melton: +60 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Melton: +462 Looking for full-time work, City of Melton: +259 Looking for part-time work, City of Melton: +203
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 Melton's labour force born overseas in 2011 was 17,924 people, of which 4,233 were employed part-time and 11,450 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 Melton in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a similar proportion in employment, as well as a similar proportion unemployed. Overall, 93.4% of the labour force born overseas was employed (59.4% of the population aged 15+), and 6.6% unemployed (4.2% 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 Melton in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (63.6%) compared with Greater Melbourne (58.4%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of overseas born people employed in the City of Melton showed an increase of 5,961 persons and the number unemployed showed an increase of 462 persons. In the same period, the number of overseas born people in the labour force showed an increase of 6,423 persons, or 55.8%.