AUSTRALIANS in all capital cities are working hard to get by but the people of Darwin are working harder. The city has the highest employment rate, works the longest hours, and it has the most number of employed people per household, ABS figures show.
Darwin is also seen to be statistically “hardworking” because of the city’s demographics, Darwin has the youngest population of all capital cities and it is the only capital city where there are more men than women.
It’s not that younger people work harder than older people, or that men work harder than women, but rather that the population’s potential to be working is higher.
Demography expert Suniti Bandaranaike said the Northern Territory also had a high migrant population – about 27 per cent of the population is born overseas
“When they come to a foreign country most people of overseas origin are hard working ,” said Dr Bandaranaike, from James Cook University.
The Northern Territory is the third highest earning state with average weekly earnings of $1235, behind the ACT with $1384.40 and WA with $1244.