Australia’s Burden: # of Unemployed Muslims More Than Twice 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.

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