POSITIVE TREND: The South Burnett has a lower unemployment rate then the rest of Queensland.
POSITIVE TREND: The South Burnett has a lower unemployment rate then the rest of Queensland. Will Hunter

More people are in work than rest of Queensland

NEW 2016 Census data released this week reveals the unemployment rate in the South Burnett local government area is at 7.4 per cent, 0.2 per cent lower than the rest of Queensland.

In the South Burnett 54.6 per cent of people work full-time, 32.2 per cent work part-time and 5.7 per cent are away from work.

In Queensland on average 57.7 per cent of people work full-time, while 29.9 per cent work part-time and unemployment is at 7.6 per cent.

Labourers make up 16.4 per cent of the workforce followed by managers 15.4 per cent, technicians and trade workers 13.8 per cent, professionals 13 per cent, community and personal service workers 11.8 per cent, clerical and administrative workers 9.9 per cent machinery operators and drivers 9 per cent and sales workers 8.9 per cent.

The top responses for industry of employment was in the beef industry, primary education, meat processing, hospitals and secondary education.

The median family income is $1143 a week, personal is $478 a week and household is $925.

The Queensland average personal income a week is $660, family is $1661 and household $1402.

67.4 per cent of people did unpaid domestic work in the last week, 24.2 per cent cared for children in the last two weeks, 13.9 per cent provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability in the last two weeks, higher than the state average which is 10.7 per cent.

The rate of people doing voluntary work through an organisation in the South Burnett was 22.6 per cent in the past 12 months. This is also higher than the Queensland average of 18.8 per cent. 16.8 per cent of families in couple families have both people working full-time, 4 per cent have both employed part-time and 17.3 per cent have one full-time and one part-time.

Jobless rate an ongoing concern

CHERBOURG has an unemployment rate of 19.6 per cent, according to the 2016 Census.

The census reported a total of 260 people being in the labour force in the week before the census night last year.

Of these 29.6 per cent work full-time, 17.7 per cent work part-time and 3.1 per cent away from work.

The main industries of employment are local government administration, primary and secondary education, child care services and aged care residential services.

Of coupled families with children, 7.9 per cent had both partners employed full-time, 3.1 per cent had both employed part-time and 8.7 per cent had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

Almost 56 per cent had both parents not working.

In Cherbourg, 81.8 per cent of single parents were women and 18.2% were men.

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, 26.4 per cent worked five to 14 hours, 4.8 per cent worked 15 to 29 hours and 1.8 per cent worked 30 hours or more.

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