Indigenous Unemployment Falls: Abs

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March 27, 2008          Embargoed: 11.30 am (AEDT)    25/2008

                    Indigenous unemployment falls: ABS

There have been improvements across many areas for Indigenous people

according to an analysis of 2006 Census data released today by the

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  However, there is much catching up

still to occur, when compared with the non-Indigenous population.

Between 2001 and 2006, the Indigenous unemployment rate has fallen from 20%

to 16%.

Combined with this, there have been increases in labour force participation

and qualifications. More Indigenous people aged 15 years and over were in

the labour force, with the participation rate increasing from 52% in 2001

to 55% in 2006.

The proportion of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over achieving

qualifications is up from 20% in 2001 to 25% in 2006.

Despite these gains, unemployment for Indigenous Australians is more than

three times the non-Indigenous unemployment rate (5%). Employment and

education rates for non-Indigenous people are still substantially higher.

The new report includes national level analyses of the population structure

and distribution, mobility, household composition, language, education,

work, income and housing characteristics of Indigenous Australians.

Some of the findings include:

   The estimated resident Indigenous population was 517,174, or 2.5% of the

   total population (up from 2.4% in 2001) at 30 June 2006;

   The median age for Indigenous people was 21, compared with 37 for

   non-Indigenous people;

   Between 2001 and 2006, an overall pattern of migration away from more

   remote areas was observed for Indigenous Australians;

   More Indigenous households were buying their own home in 2006 (24%

   compared with 20% in 2001), and less were renting (63% compared with 66%

   in 2001);

   More than half (56%) of Indigenous Australians living in very remote

   areas spoke an Indigenous language at home, compared with 1% in major


Further details are in Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander Australians,2006 (cat. no. 4713.0) available for free


|   A package of state and territory specific information is available from|

|   the media release on the ABS website <>.                 |


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                              Carolyn Verey     (02) 6252 7633;  0407 946


                              Richard Lynch (02) 6252 6139; 0407 107 931

                              Statistical clarification

                              Julie Nankervis (08) 8943 2146


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