6287.0 - Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2011 Quality Declaration 
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EMPLOYMENT



In 2011, there were an estimated 173,800 Indigenous people aged 15 years and over who were classified as employed. This represented 46% of the Indigenous population aged 15 years and over.

The employment to population ratio for Indigenous males increased 2 points to 52% in 2011, The employment to population ratio for Indigenous females fell to 41%.

In Major Cities, the employment to population ratio for the Indigenous population remained relatively steady at 52% (62,600 people), in Regional areas it was 45% (72,500 people) and it was 42% (38,700 people) in Remote areas.

The employment to population ratio of Indigenous males living in Major cities increased 3 points to 58%, in Regional areas it increased 5 points from 2010 to 50% in 2011 and in Remote areas it decreased 5 points to 46%.

For Indigenous females living in Major cities the employment to population ratio decreased from 49% in 2010 to 45% in 2011, in Regional areas it increased 3 points to 40% and in Remote areas it decreased 2 points to 38%, although this movement was not statistically significant (less than the movement standard error of 5 points).

EMPLOYMENT TO POPULATION RATIO, Indigenous persons aged 15 years and over – 2005 to 2011

Graph: Depicts a decline in employment to population ratio from approximately 50% in 2006 to 48% in 2008 and remains relatively steady at 46% over the last 3 years


For more detailed estimates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, refer to Tables 1 to 5 (available in Downloads).

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