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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Employment status

7,125 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the WSROC Region are employed, of which 63% are working full time and 37% 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 - WSROC Region20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Employed7,12584.983.05,34882.980.5+1,777
Employed full-time4,48153.449.03,37252.345.0+1,109
Employed part-time or hours not stated2,64431.534.01,97630.635.5+668
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1,26915.117.01,10417.119.5+165
Looking for full-time work88710.611.980912.513.6+78
Looking for part-time work3824.65.12954.65.9+87

Labour force status
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - WSROC Region20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)8,39451.951.36,45250.851.3+1,942
Not in the labour force7,15744.244.65,58644.043.7+1,571
Labour force status not stated6243.94.16685.35.0-44

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, 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, WSROC Region - ATSI: 84.9% Employed full-time, WSROC Region - ATSI: 53.4% Employed part-time or hours not stated, WSROC Region - ATSI: 31.5% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), WSROC Region - ATSI: 15.1% Looking for full-time work, WSROC Region - ATSI: 10.6% Looking for part-time work, WSROC Region - ATSI: 4.6%
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, WSROC Region: +1,777 Employed full-time, WSROC Region: +1,109 Employed part-time or hours not stated, WSROC Region: +668 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), WSROC Region: +165 Looking for full-time work, WSROC Region: +78 Looking for part-time work, WSROC Region: +87
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 WSROC Region's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander labour force in 2011 was 8,394 people, of which 2,644 were employed part-time and 4,481 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 WSROC Region 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 15.1%, 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 WSROC Region in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (51.9%) 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 WSROC Region showed an increase of 1,777 people and the number unemployed showed an increase of 165 people. In the same period, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the labour force showed an increase of 1,942 people, or 30.1%.

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