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Shire of Ashburton

Employment status

8,310 people living in the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 were employed, of which 82% worked full-time and 16% 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)20162011Change
Employment statusNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Employed8,31098.093.66,04298.395.6+2,268
Employed full-time6,83280.659.14,81778.462.5+2,015
Employed part-time1,33915.832.61,11118.130.9+228
Hours worked not stated1391.61.91141.92.2+25
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1672.06.41031.74.4+64
Looking for full-time work1281.54.3751.23.0+53
Looking for part-time work390.52.1280.51.4+11

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Labour force status
Shire of Ashburton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Labour force statusNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Total labour force (Participation rate)8,47775.060.16,14574.862.8+2,332
Not in the labour force7826.929.77228.828.6+60
Labour force status not stated2,05818.210.11,34816.48.6+710

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment status, 2016
Employment status, 2016 Employed, Regional WA: 93.6% Employed full-time, Regional WA: 59.1% Employed part-time, Regional WA: 32.6% Hours worked not stated, Regional WA: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Regional WA: 6.4% Looking for full-time work, Regional WA: 4.3% Looking for part-time work, Regional WA: 2.1% Employed, Shire of Ashburton: 98.0% Employed full-time, Shire of Ashburton: 80.6% Employed part-time, Shire of Ashburton: 15.8% Hours worked not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 1.6% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Shire of Ashburton: 2.0% Looking for full-time work, Shire of Ashburton: 1.5% Looking for part-time work, Shire of Ashburton: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2011 to 2016
Change in employment status, 2011 to 2016 Employed, Shire of Ashburton: +2,268 Employed full-time, Shire of Ashburton: +2,015 Employed part-time, Shire of Ashburton: +228 Hours worked not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +25 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Shire of Ashburton: +64 Looking for full-time work, Shire of Ashburton: +53 Looking for part-time work, Shire of Ashburton: +11
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 was 8,477, of which 1,339 were employed part-time and 6,832 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 98.0% of the labour force was employed (73.5% of the population aged 15+), and 2.0% unemployed (1.5% of the population aged 15+), compared with 93.6% and 6.4% 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 2016 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (75.0%) compared with Regional WA (60.1%).

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in the Shire of Ashburton showed an increase of 2,268, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 64. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 2,332 or 37.9%.

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