Clarence speaks in one voice

IF you're looking for a job as an interpreter, it might be best to look outside the Clarence Valley.

Figures released by the Rees Government this week as part of its Social Profile Report showed that in the Clarence Valley only 1.5 per cent of the population spoke a language other than English at home.

That compared with a State average of 20.1 per cent, or more than 13 times the percentage of the Clarence Valley.

The figures, taken from the 2006 Census, also show that the Clarence Valley local government area had an indigenous population that was more than double the State average. In the Clarence, 4.8 per cent of the population is identified as indigenous, compared with 2.1 per cent across the State.

We also had an unemployment rate that was five per cent higher than the State average, more than five per cent more people employed as labourers (14.7 per cent), and a substantially lower percentage of the population in rented accommodation.

In the Clarence Valley, 53.8 per cent of the population had no trade or tertiary qualification, compared with the State average of 45.5 per cent.

We had almost the same percentage of people aged between 15-17.

The document showed that on an index of education and occupation, the Clarence Valley fared poorly, rating two out of 10, where lower numbers represent relatively lower education and occupation status.

Our measures of relative socio-economic disadvantage, relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage and of economic resources we rated three out of 10.

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