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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Employment status

1,335 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the City of Newcastle are employed, of which 60% are working full time and 40% part time.

Employment statistics are an important indicator of socio-economic status, as well as the availability of jobs. The levels of full or part-time employment, unemployment and labour force participation among the indigenous population indicate the availability of jobs, and the match of skill levels within the population to the jobs available. A high unemployment rate or a low participation rate may indicate a relatively disadvantaged population unable to access community infrastructure.

Employment status is linked to a number of 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, Qualifications).

Derived from the Census question:

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

Persons aged 15 years and over

Employment status
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - City of Newcastle20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Employed1,33586.283.089980.580.5+436
Employed full-time79851.649.052547.045.0+273
Employed part-time or hours not stated53734.734.037433.535.5+163
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)21313.817.021819.519.5-5
Looking for full-time work1469.411.915213.613.6-6
Looking for part-time work674.35.1665.95.9+1

Labour force status
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - City of Newcastle20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)1,54857.451.31,11755.251.3+431
Not in the labour force1,04438.744.681740.443.7+227
Labour force status not stated1033.84.1884.45.0+15

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 - ATSI: 83.0% Employed full-time, New South Wales - ATSI: 49.0% Employed part-time or hours not stated, New South Wales - ATSI: 34.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), New South Wales - ATSI: 17.0% Looking for full-time work, New South Wales - ATSI: 11.9% Looking for part-time work, New South Wales - ATSI: 5.1% Employed, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 86.2% Employed full-time, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 51.6% Employed part-time or hours not stated, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 34.7% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Newcastle - ATSI: 13.8% Looking for full-time work, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 9.4% Looking for part-time work, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 4.3%
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, City of Newcastle: +436 Employed full-time, City of Newcastle: +273 Employed part-time or hours not stated, City of Newcastle: +163 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Newcastle: -5 Looking for full-time work, City of Newcastle: -6 Looking for part-time work, City of Newcastle: +1
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.

Emerging groups

The size of the City of Newcastle's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander labour force in 2011 was 1,548 people, of which 537 were employed part-time and 798 were full-time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the City of Newcastle in 2011 compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of New South Wales - ATSI shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. The unemployed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander labour force was 13.8%, compared with 17.0% or the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI.

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.

Analysis of the labour force participation rate of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the City of Newcastle in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (57.4%) compared with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in New South Wales - ATSI (51.3%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed in the City of Newcastle showed an increase of 436 people and the number unemployed showed a decrease of 5 people. In the same period, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the labour force showed an increase of 431 people, or 38.6%.

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