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Shire of Ashburton

Employment status

6,042 people living in the Shire of Ashburton in 2011 were employed, of which 80% worked full-time and 18% part-time.

The Shire of Ashburton's employment statistics are an important indicator of socio-economic status. The levels of full or part-time employment, unemployment and labour force participation indicate the strength of the local economy and social characteristics of the population. Employment status is linked to a number of factors including Age Structure, which influences the number of people in the workforce; the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area and; the education and skill base of the population (Occupations, Industries, Qualifications).

Derived from the Census question:

'Last week did the person have a full time or part time job of any kind?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Employment status
Shire of Ashburton - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Employed6,04298.395.63,18997.696.0+2,853
Employed full-time4,81778.462.52,34571.861.7+2,472
Employed part-time1,11118.130.973522.531.3+376
Hours worked not stated1141.92.21093.33.0+5
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1031.74.4772.44.0+26
Looking for full-time work751.23.0591.82.7+16
Looking for part-time work280.51.4180.61.3+10

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Labour force status
Shire of Ashburton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)6,14574.862.83,26674.562.3+2,879
Not in the labour force7228.828.659913.729.1+123
Labour force status not stated1,34816.48.651611.88.5+832

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment status, 2011
Employment status, 2011 Employed, Regional WA: 95.6% Employed full-time, Regional WA: 62.5% Employed part-time, Regional WA: 30.9% Hours worked not stated, Regional WA: 2.2% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Regional WA: 4.4% Looking for full-time work, Regional WA: 3.0% Looking for part-time work, Regional WA: 1.4% Employed, Shire of Ashburton: 98.3% Employed full-time, Shire of Ashburton: 78.4% Employed part-time, Shire of Ashburton: 18.1% Hours worked not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Shire of Ashburton: 1.7% Looking for full-time work, Shire of Ashburton: 1.2% Looking for part-time work, Shire of Ashburton: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Shire of Ashburton: +2,853 Employed full-time, Shire of Ashburton: +2,472 Employed part-time, Shire of Ashburton: +376 Hours worked not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +5 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Shire of Ashburton: +26 Looking for full-time work, Shire of Ashburton: +16 Looking for part-time work, Shire of Ashburton: +10
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of the Shire of Ashburton's labour force in 2011 was 6,145, of which 1,111 were employed part-time and 4,817 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Shire of Ashburton in 2011 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 98.3% of the labour force was employed (73.5% of the population aged 15+), and 1.7% unemployed (1.3% of the population aged 15+), compared with 95.6% and 4.4% respectively for Regional WA.

The labour force participation rate refers to the proportion of the population aged 15 years and over that was employed or actively looking for work. "The labour force is a fundamental input to domestic production. Its size and composition are therefore crucial factors in economic growth. From the viewpoint of social development, earnings from paid work are a major influence on levels of economic well-being." (Australian Social Trends 1995).

Analysis of the labour force participation rate of the population in the Shire of Ashburton in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (74.8%) compared with Regional WA (62.8%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in the Shire of Ashburton showed an increase of 2,853, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 26. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 2,879 or 88.2%.

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