Perspectives on Employment

Two employment related posts on the latest Centrelink data:

Job Seeker data shows little change for Cairns

Disproportionate numbers of Newstart/Youth Allowance recipients in Far North Qld, Wide Bay-Burnett & Logan

Meanwhile, over at the somewhat retro website of Cummings Economics there are two posted PDF notes from Bill which take aim at the regional ABS statistics based on census data:

NOTE ON EMPLOYMENT & UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CAIRNS REGION AND OTHER REGIONAL AREAS OF QUEENSLANDNOTE ON YOUTH & INDIGENOUS UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CAIRNS REGION

The ABS has also just posted some information on characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Census reveals jump in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working or studying:

Fifty two per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 to 24 years are fully participating in either education or work, up from 46 per cent in 2006. Those living in urban areas (55 per cent) are more likely to be fully engaged in work or study than those living in non-urban areas (42 per cent).

I think I would call that a step rather than a jump. Indigenous disadvantage remains the most critical challenge for the Far North.

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2 thoughts on “Perspectives on Employment

  1. Thanks Gene. I think the most surprising comment from the ABS census commentary for me was “one in 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people speak an Australian Indigenous language at home.” Not sure how many people have sat down and contemplated that.

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