Interesting Article – The Advocate Tasmania Figures lend weight to Christian work ethic
Figures lend weight to Christian work ethic
By SEAN FORD
THE Christian work ethic may be a real phenomenon, with Christians having much lower unemployment rates than atheists in Tasmania.
The state’s jobless rate for atheists stood at an eye-watering 10.7 per cent, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the 2011
Of selected religious groups, only Tasmanian Muslims had a higher unemployment rate than the state’s atheists, at 13 per cent.
Rates varied widely among Christian denominations. They were extremely low for Brethren (2 per cent) and people who classified themselves as Reformed Church (2.6 per cent).
Anglicans had an unemployment rate of 5.2 per cent and Catholics 5.6 per cent.
Uniting Church people had a low rate of 4.3 per cent and Presbyterians 4.9 per cent.
Baptists and Pentecostals both had rates of 5.7 per cent, with Jehovah’s Witnesses at 5.8 per cent,
Mormons at 6.7 per cent, Lutherans 6.4 per cent and Salvation Army folk 7.8 per cent.
Tasmanian Hindus had a jobless rate of 8.7 per cent, Buddhists 9.5 per cent and people who described
themselves as having no religion 7.4 per cent.
Tasmania’s biggest two employment sectors are healthcare and social assistance and retail.
That was reflected in the employment patterns of most religious groups.
However, people of several faiths bucked the trend.
Of working Pentecostals, more were employed in education and training than in retail, while Buddhists were strongly represented in accommodation and food services, as were Muslims and
Lutherans were underrepresented in retail and much more likely to be working in education and training, public administration and safety or healthcare and social assistance.
Employment of Brethren was dominated by manufacturing (22.1 per cent), retail and wholesale.
Mormons were most likely to work in the education and training sector.
The figures come from the People of Tasmania report, released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection