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Recent arrivals - Employment status

In 2011, 1,736 Rockhampton residents who recently arrived from overseas were employed, of which 70.9% were working full time and 24.1% part time.

Rockhampton's employment statistics are an important indicator of socio-economic status.

For recent arrivals from overseas, 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 migrant community with difficulties adjusting to economic life in Australia, and perhaps with a reliance on government benefits.

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 and arriving in Australia between 2006 and 9 Aug 2011, aged 15 years and over

Employment status
Rockhampton - Recent arrivals2011
Employment statusNumber%Brisbane SD
Employed1,73693.789.5
Employed full-time1,23166.555.9
Employed part-time41822.629.0
Employed, away from work442.42.5
Employed, hours not stated432.32.1
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1166.310.5
Looking for full-time work703.85.5
Looking for part-time work462.55.0

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.

Labour force status
Rockhampton - Recent arrivals2011
Labour force statusNumber%Brisbane SD
Total labour force (Participation rate)1,85277.668.9
Not in the labour force49420.730.3
Labour force status not stated401.70.8

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.

Employment status, 2011
Employment status, 2011 Employed, Brisbane SD: 89.5% Employed full-time, Brisbane SD: 55.9% Employed part-time, Brisbane SD: 29.0% Employed, away from work, Brisbane SD: 2.5% Employed, hours not stated, Brisbane SD: 2.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Brisbane SD: 10.5% Looking for full-time work, Brisbane SD: 5.5% Looking for part-time work, Brisbane SD: 5.0% Employed, Rockhampton: 93.7% Employed full-time, Rockhampton: 66.5% Employed part-time, Rockhampton: 22.6% Employed, away from work, Rockhampton: 2.4% Employed, hours not stated, Rockhampton: 2.3% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: 6.3% Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: 3.8% Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: 2.5%
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.

Dominant groups

The size of Rockhampton's recent overseas arriving labour force in 2011 was 1,852 persons, of which 418 were employed part-time and 1,231 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status of the recent overseas arriving population (as a percentage of the labour force) in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Brisbane SD shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 93.7% of the recent overseas arriving labour force was employed (72.8% of the population aged 15+), and 6.3% unemployed (4.9% of the population aged 15+), compared with 89.5% and 10.5% respectively for Brisbane SD.

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 recent overseas arriving population in Rockhampton in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (77.6%) compared with Brisbane SD (68.9%).

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