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Shire of Ashburton

Industry sector of employment

More Shire of Ashburton residents worked in mining than any other industry in 2011.

The Shire of Ashburton’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.

Derived from the two Census questions:

'What best describes the business of your employer?' and 'What are the main goods produced or main services provided by your employers business?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
Shire of Ashburton - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Industry sectorNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing550.98.9732.312.1-18
Mining2,96049.011.21,59049.98.0+1,370
Manufacturing791.37.2481.57.8+31
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services400.71.3110.31.1+29
Construction90214.910.91675.29.2+735
Wholesale trade550.92.5300.92.9+25
Retail Trade1793.09.21885.910.1-9
Accommodation and Food Services3545.96.11564.96.1+198
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2424.04.8812.54.4+161
Information Media and Telecommunications130.20.660.20.7+7
Financial and Insurance Services170.31.2190.61.4-2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services410.71.5421.31.7-1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1542.63.2371.22.9+117
Administrative and Support Services1702.82.71404.42.6+30
Public Administration and Safety1622.75.81284.06.2+34
Education and Training2263.77.61976.27.4+29
Health Care and Social Assistance1632.78.41524.88.5+11
Arts and Recreation Services60.10.700.00.7+6
Other Services1171.93.9491.53.6+68
Inadequately described or not stated1041.72.3732.32.9+31

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

Industry sector of employment, 2011
Industry sector of employment, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional WA: 8.9% Mining, Regional WA: 11.2% Manufacturing, Regional WA: 7.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional WA: 1.3% Construction, Regional WA: 10.9% Wholesale trade, Regional WA: 2.5% Retail Trade, Regional WA: 9.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional WA: 6.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional WA: 4.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional WA: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional WA: 1.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional WA: 1.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional WA: 3.2% Administrative and Support Services, Regional WA: 2.7% Public Administration and Safety, Regional WA: 5.8% Education and Training, Regional WA: 7.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional WA: 8.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional WA: 0.7% Other Services, Regional WA: 3.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Regional WA: 2.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Shire of Ashburton: 0.9% Mining, Shire of Ashburton: 49.0% Manufacturing, Shire of Ashburton: 1.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.7% Construction, Shire of Ashburton: 14.9% Wholesale trade, Shire of Ashburton: 0.9% Retail Trade, Shire of Ashburton: 3.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Shire of Ashburton: 5.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Shire of Ashburton: 4.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Shire of Ashburton: 0.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Shire of Ashburton: 2.6% Administrative and Support Services, Shire of Ashburton: 2.8% Public Administration and Safety, Shire of Ashburton: 2.7% Education and Training, Shire of Ashburton: 3.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Shire of Ashburton: 2.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.1% Other Services, Shire of Ashburton: 1.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 1.7%
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 industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Shire of Ashburton: -18 Mining, Shire of Ashburton: +1,370 Manufacturing, Shire of Ashburton: +31 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Shire of Ashburton: +29 Construction, Shire of Ashburton: +735 Wholesale trade, Shire of Ashburton: +25 Retail Trade, Shire of Ashburton: -9 Accommodation and Food Services, Shire of Ashburton: +198 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Shire of Ashburton: +161 Information Media and Telecommunications, Shire of Ashburton: +7 Financial and Insurance Services, Shire of Ashburton: -2 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Shire of Ashburton: -1 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Shire of Ashburton: +117 Administrative and Support Services, Shire of Ashburton: +30 Public Administration and Safety, Shire of Ashburton: +34 Education and Training, Shire of Ashburton: +29 Health Care and Social Assistance, Shire of Ashburton: +11 Arts and Recreation Services, Shire of Ashburton: +6 Other Services, Shire of Ashburton: +68 Inadequately described or not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +31
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

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Shire of Ashburton in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (2,960 people or 49.0%)
  • Construction (902 people or 14.9%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (354 people or 5.9%)

In combination, these three industries employed 4,216 people in total or 69.8% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional WA employed 11.2% in Mining; 10.9% in Construction; and 6.1% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in mining (49.0% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (0.9% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in retail trade (3.0% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in manufacturing (1.3% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Shire of Ashburton increased by 2,852 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2006 and 2011 in the Shire of Ashburton were for those employed in:

  • Mining (+1,370 persons)
  • Construction (+735 persons)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+198 persons)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+161 persons)

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