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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Immigrants Hardest Hit by Australian Unemployment

AUSTRALIAN-BORN workers have been shielded from the worst of the global recession, as employers have mainly restricted the economy-wide job losses to migrant workers.

Although unemployment is rising across the board as opportunities vanish, there is a clear divide emerging between the treatment of local and overseas-born workers.

Australian-born workers dropped 22,000 full-time jobs in the 12 months to May but picked up an extra 74,500 part-time jobs for a net gain of 52,500 positions.

By contrast, migrant workers lost 37,100 full-time jobs, offset by 21,600 extra part-time jobs for a net loss of 15,500.

The detailed research by The Australian suggests employers have been laying off workers on a last-on, first-off basis.

This puts the migrants who claimed the majority of the jobs available at the top of the boom, when the economy faced acute skills shortages, in the employment firing line now.

The surprise in the figures is that English-speaking migrants, mainly from New Zealand, have fared the worst.

link: Job slump hits migrants most | The Australian


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