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Non-English speakers - Employment status

In 2011, 2,354 non-English speakers who were living in Rockhampton were employed, of which 70.9% were working full time and 23.1% part time.

For the non-English speaking 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 perhaps with a reliance on government benefits.

Differences in employment status for the local non-English speaking population may be related to the age and length of time that population has been in Australia, proportion of second-generation migrants, as well as qualification levels.

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 speaking a language other than English at home aged 15 years and over

Employment status
Rockhampton - Non-English speakers20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Brisbane SDNumber%Brisbane SD2006 to 2011
Employed2,35494.191.11,21191.892.6+1,143
Employed full-time1,66966.756.381561.858.1+854
Employed part-time54421.729.433225.228.2+212
Employed, away from work652.62.9382.92.8+27
Employed, hours not stated763.02.6262.03.5+50
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1485.98.91088.27.4+40
Looking for full-time work873.54.8493.73.7+38
Looking for part-time work612.44.1594.53.7+2

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 - Non-English speakers20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Brisbane SDNumber%Brisbane SD2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)2,50272.462.41,31964.458.3+1,183
Not in the labour force88725.736.170434.439.6+183
Labour force status not stated682.01.5241.22.2+44

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, Brisbane SD: 91.1% Employed full-time, Brisbane SD: 56.3% Employed part-time, Brisbane SD: 29.4% Employed, away from work, Brisbane SD: 2.9% Employed, hours not stated, Brisbane SD: 2.6% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Brisbane SD: 8.9% Looking for full-time work, Brisbane SD: 4.8% Looking for part-time work, Brisbane SD: 4.1% Employed, Rockhampton: 94.1% Employed full-time, Rockhampton: 66.7% Employed part-time, Rockhampton: 21.7% Employed, away from work, Rockhampton: 2.6% Employed, hours not stated, Rockhampton: 3.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: 5.9% Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: 3.5% Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: 2.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Rockhampton: +1,143 Employed full-time, Rockhampton: +854 Employed part-time, Rockhampton: +212 Employed, away from work, Rockhampton: +27 Employed, hours not stated, Rockhampton: +50 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: +40 Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: +38 Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: +2
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of Rockhampton's non-English speaking labour force in 2011 was 2,502 persons, of which 544 were employed part-time and 1,669 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (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, 94.1% of the non-English speaking labour force was employed (68.1% of the population aged 15+), and 5.9% unemployed (4.3% of the population aged 15+), compared with 91.1% and 8.9% 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 non-English speaking labour force participation rate of the population in Rockhampton in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (72.4%) compared with Brisbane SD (62.4%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of non-English speaking population employed in Rockhampton showed an increase of 1,143 people and the number unemployed showed an increase of 40 people. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 1,183 people, or 89.7%.

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