The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown that migrants are officially "more employable than Australian-born job seekers", as reported by The Australian filling 81,000 new jobs in the past year.
According the The Australian;
A detailed analysis of the Bureau of Statistics jobs data shows that while immigrants account for less than 30 per cent of the labour force, they have claimed more than half the jobs created since the start of 2010.
Rather than struggling to fit in, as opposition citizenship spokeswoman Teresa Gambaro suggests, newly arrived immigrants are going straight to work and helping keep the economy growing. The figures for November, which are not seasonally adjusted, place the unemployment rate for Australian-born at 5 per cent and the overseas-born at 4.8 per cent.
Immigrants from Britain and Ireland had an unemployment rate of 2.8 per cent, Malaysia 3.8 per cent and The Philippines 4.8 per cent. The Chinese were on par with the Australian-born at 5 per cent, the New Zealanders above them at 5.4 per cent and the Indians at 6.8 per cent.
But the New Zealand- and India-born are still gaining jobs overall and their participation rates of 78.7 per cent and 76.9 per cent respectively are much better than the Australian-born figure of 68.1 per cent.
Vietnamese-born and the Lebanese-born have above-average unemployment rates of 9.7 per cent and 8.4 per cent, respectively, and below-average participation rates (58 per cent and 45.3 per cent).
The Vietnamese and Lebanese have traditionally suffered higher unemployment rates because their intakes contained large numbers of refugees who arrived during Australia's stagflation era in the 1970s and early 1980s.
The latest immigrant waves -- from old and new source countries -- have been greeted by a booming economy.
The big four overseas-born groups in Australia today are from Britain and Ireland, New Zealand, China and India. Between them, because of their sheer numbers, they claimed the bulk of the jobs in the 12 months to November.
The New Zealanders were the most popular with employers, with an extra 33,000 hired, the Chinese second with 23,700, the British and Irish with 21,400 and the Indians another 13,100.
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