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Labour Force Status

From the 2006 Census, 24% of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over were engaged in full-time employment, 17% were in part-time employment, 5% were employed but absent from their job, and 46% were not in the labour force.

For non-Indigenous people aged 15 years and over, 40% were working full-time, 18% were in part-time employment, 4% were away from work and 35% were not in the labour force.


Labour Force Status by Indigenous status (a) (b), 2006
Indigenous %
Non- Indigenous %
Working full-time
24.4
39.6
Working part-time
16.9
18.1
Away from work
4.7
4.0
Total employed
46.0
61.7
Unemployed
8.5
3.3
Not in the labour force
45.5
35.0
(a) Based on place of usual residence, Census, 2006.
(b) Persons aged 15 years and over.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)


Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Work Force

If we only look at those persons who were in the work force we see greater differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous males, than between Indigenous and non-Indigenous females.

Almost two thirds (65.5%) of Indigenous males, worked full time, but over three quarters of non-Indigenous males worked full time (79.2%). Just under half (46.4%) of Indigenous females worked full time compared with slightly over half (50.6%) of non-Indigenous females.


Employed Persons (a) (b) by Sex by Indigenous status, 2006
Full-time work
Part-time work
Did not work(c)
%
%
%
MalesIndigenous
65.5
30.5
4.0
Non-Indigenous
79.2
17.4
3.3
FemalesIndigenous
46.4
48.8
4.8
Non-Indigenous
50.6
45.1
4.4
(a) Based on place of usual residence, Census, 2006.
(b) Persons aged 15 years and over who had a job in the last week.
(c) Were employed but did not work in the week prior to Census 2006.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).



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



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