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Unemployment

The unemployment rate for Indigenous people was 16% compared to 5% for non-Indigenous people according to the 2006 Census. This compares to unemployment rates at the time of the 2001 Census of 20% and 7% for Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons respectively.

Indigenous men and women had similar unemployment rates (15.8% and 15.4% respectively), as did non-Indigenous men and women (5.0% and 5.1% respectively).

Unemployment rates were highest in the 15-17 year age range for all groups - Indigenous and non-Indigenous and both males and females. The unemployment rates decreased with increasing age, again for all groups.

However the Indigenous unemployment rate was at least twice the non-Indigenous unemployment rate across all age groups.


Unemployment Rate (a) by Indigenous status by sex and age group, 2006
Age Group (Years)
15–17
18–24
25–34
35–44
45–54
55–64
Total
MaleIndigenous
%
28.2
20.8
15.9
13.6
9.7
8.5
15.8
Non-Indigenous
%
14.3
9.6
4.8
3.6
3.4
4.4
5.0
FemaleIndigenous
%
27.2
20.9
15.6
13.3
9.7
7.5
15.4
Non-Indigenous
%
12.7
8.5
4.9
4.7
3.6
3.2
5.1
PersonsIndigenous
%
27.7
20.8
15.8
13.5
9.7
8.1
15.6
Non-Indigenous
%
13.5
9.1
4.9
4.1
3.5
3.9
5.1
(a) Persons 15 years and over.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


    Unemployment Rate (a) by Indigenous status by sex and age group, 2006
    (a) Persons 15 years and over.
    Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)


    Further Information: See Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).




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