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Low income households - Employment status

2,220 people in low income households in Rockhampton were employed, of which 41.6% were working full time and 51.6% part time.

Rockhampton's 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.

For people counted in low income households, it is likely that employment characteristics will be quite different to the total population. As income is usually linked to employment, low incomes are usually correlated with high unemployment and low workforce participation. This is important information in planning services for those on low incomes - for instance families with unemployed breadwinners may need different levels of support to low income retirees.

Employment status is linked to a number of other 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 and Qualifications).

Derived from the Census question:

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

People aged 15 years and over in low income households, counted in private dwellings

Employment status
Rockhampton - Low income households20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%QueenslandNumber%Queensland2006 to 2011
Employed2,22078.176.21,53970.875.8+681
Employed full-time92332.526.754725.126.4+376
Employed part-time1,14540.343.088340.642.2+262
Employed, away from work1023.64.0803.74.1+22
Employed, hours not stated501.82.4291.33.1+21
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)62221.923.863629.224.2-14
Looking for full-time work41614.615.041919.315.1-3
Looking for part-time work2067.28.821710.09.1-11

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

Labour force status
Rockhampton - Low income households20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%QueenslandNumber%Queensland2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)2,84222.627.82,17518.622.5+667
Not in the labour force9,53775.770.69,19378.875.0+344
Labour force status not stated2191.71.72952.52.5-76

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, Queensland: 76.2% Employed full-time, Queensland: 26.7% Employed part-time, Queensland: 43.0% Employed, away from work, Queensland: 4.0% Employed, hours not stated, Queensland: 2.4% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Queensland: 23.8% Looking for full-time work, Queensland: 15.0% Looking for part-time work, Queensland: 8.8% Employed, Rockhampton: 78.1% Employed full-time, Rockhampton: 32.5% Employed part-time, Rockhampton: 40.3% Employed, away from work, Rockhampton: 3.6% Employed, hours not stated, Rockhampton: 1.8% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: 21.9% Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: 14.6% Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: 7.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Rockhampton: +681 Employed full-time, Rockhampton: +376 Employed part-time, Rockhampton: +262 Employed, away from work, Rockhampton: +22 Employed, hours not stated, Rockhampton: +21 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: -14 Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: -3 Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: -11
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of Rockhampton's labour force in low income households in 2011 was 2,842, of which 1,145 were employed part-time and 923 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status of people in low income households (as a percentage of the labour force) in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of people in low income households in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 78.1% of the labour force was employed (17.6% of the population aged 15+), and 21.9% unemployed (4.9% of the population aged 15+), compared with 76.2% and 23.8% respectively for Queensland.

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 people in low income households in Rockhampton in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (22.6%) compared with Queensland (27.8%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people in low income households employed in Rockhampton showed an increase of 681, and the number unemployed showed a decrease of 14. In the same period, the number of people in low income households in the labour force showed an increase of 667 or 30.7%.

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