Number of unemployed Muslims more than twice national average
July 10, 2014 8:00PM
A report shows Muslims have jobless rates more than twice the national average.
MUSLIMS have jobless rates more than twice the national average, says an analysis of census data.
And more than a third of Muslims had weekly incomes less than $400 in 2011, the report said.
Released by the Immigration Department, The People of Australia study revealed an Islamic population of 476,291 — up 40 per cent compared to the 2006 census.
Muslims had an unemployment rate of 12.1 per cent in 2011 while the national average was 5.2 per cent.
Buddhists had the second highest jobless rate, with 8.6 per cent unemployed, the report said.
Uniting Church members had the lowest jobless rate of any religion with 3.9 per cent, followed by Jews (4.2 per cent), Lutherans and Presbyterians (4.4 per cent), Anglicans (4.5 per cent) and Catholics (4.7 per cent).
About 7.1 per cent of atheists were unemployed in 2011.
In terms of birthplace, Chinese had the top jobless rate with 10.8 per cent, followed by Vietnamese (9.6 per cent), South Koreans (9.1 per cent), Lebanese (8.6 per cent) and Malaysians and Sri Lankans (6.7 per cent).
According to the study, the Italian-born had the lowest unemployment rate of any birthplace group with 3 per cent, followed by Scots (3.7 per cent), English (4 per cent) and Greeks (4.2 per cent).
Victorian local government areas with the highest proportion of people with poor English skills were Greater Dandenong (15.5 per cent), Brimbank (12.5 per cent), Darebin (7.8 per cent), Hume (7.7 per cent) and Whittlesea (7.5 per cent).
More than 60 per cent of Greater Dandenong residents mainly spoke a language other than English, as did 57 per cent of Brimbank residents and 45 per cent of Monash residents.
The census revealed that 7.23 million Australians claimed English ancestry, 7.1 million said they were of Australian ancestry, followed by Irish (2.09 million), Scottish (1.8 million), Italian (916,000), German (900,000), Chinese (866,000) and Indian (391,000).