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Characteristics of the unemployed

7.7% of the resident workforce of Cairns were unemployed in 2011, compared to 7.6% in Queensland.

The local unemployed resident includes all people who are residents in the local area who are looking for part-time or full-time work. This is an important resource for the local economy, their characteristics inform us about the skills that are available locally, even if they are not currently employed in the local economy.

For an overview of unemployment levels and trends in Cairns go to the Unemployment page.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2011 – by usual residence

Characteristics of the unemployed
Cairns20162011Change
NameNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Key statistics--------------
Total persons6,055100.0100.04,977100.0100.0+1,078
Males3,36855.653.62,72554.853.0+643
Females2,68644.446.42,25645.347.0+430
Unemployment rate--7.77.6--6.793.9+1.0%
Age structure--------------
15 - 24 years1,79829.735.61,55831.32.4+240
25 - 54 years3,28754.350.82,83557.03.4+452
55 - 64 years82213.611.953210.70.6+290
65 years and over1472.41.7501.00.1+97
Looking for--------------
Full-time work3,75061.960.13,31366.64.0+437
Part-time work2,30538.139.91,67033.62.4+635
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree63410.513.74018.10.7+233
Advanced diploma or diploma5048.38.13346.70.4+170
Certificate level1,61226.624.61,14523.01.4+467
No qualifications3,01149.750.42,79756.23.6+214
Highest level of schooling--------------
Year 123,02449.954.32,22244.63.1+802
Year 1182613.611.570014.10.8+126
Under Year 102,01833.332.21,86137.42.4+157
Education institute attending--------------
Not Attending4,78279.073.84,05581.55.0+727
University3525.810.32374.80.6+115
TAFE2724.55.32394.80.3+33
Other1562.62.3741.50.1+82
Secondary school4076.77.12615.20.4+146
Field of qualification--------------
Natural and Physical Sciences601.01.4370.70.1+23
Information Technology871.41.9531.10.1+34
Engineering and Related Technologies5579.28.33276.60.4+230
Architecture and Building2193.62.91753.50.2+44
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies831.41.2721.40.1+11
Health1903.13.11172.40.2+73
Education1282.11.9982.00.1+30
Management and Commerce61310.111.84519.10.6+162
Society and Culture4086.77.33086.20.4+100
Creative Arts1222.02.4751.50.1+47
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2774.64.12074.20.2+70
Mixed Field Programmes180.30.260.10.0+12
Other characteristics--------------
Speaks a language other than English at home1,09418.117.482116.50.9+273
Arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 20164377.28.6--------
Has internet access at home4,84180.085.63,62072.75.2+1,221
Has child care responsibilities (own or others)1,79629.729.61,54731.12.0+249

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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