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6287.0 - Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2010 Quality Declaration 
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In 2010, there were an estimated 166,100 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 fell to 49% in 2010 which is the fourth consecutive drop since 2006. The employment to population ratio for Indigenous females remained relatively steady at 42%.

In Major Cities, the employment to population ratio for the Indigenous population was 52% (61,700 people), in Regional areas it was 41% (63,100 people) and it was 45% (41,200 people) in Remote areas.

The employment to population ratio of Indigenous males living in Major cities was unchanged at 55%, in Regional areas it decreased 7 points from 2009 to 44% in 2010 and in Remote areas it increased 5 points to 51%, although this movement was less than the movement standard error (10 points) and therefore not statistically significant.

For Indigenous females living in Major cities the employment to population ratio increased from 43% in 2009 to 49% in 2010, in Regional areas it remained relatively steady at 37% and in Remote areas it decreased 3 points to 40%, although again this movement was not significant (less than the movement standard error of 5 points).

Indigenous people participating in the Community Development Employment Programs (CDEP), who were classified by the ABS as employed, are likely to form a significant proportion of Indigenous employment in remote areas (see National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0)).

EMPLOYMENT TO POPULATION RATIO, Indigenous people aged 15 years and over - 2005 to 2010

Graph: Depicts a decline in the employment to population ratio from approximately 50% in 2006 to 45% in 2009 and has remained steady at 45% in 2010.


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


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