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Shire of Ashburton

Industry sector of employment

More Shire of Ashburton residents worked in mining than any other industry in 2016.

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?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
Shire of Ashburton - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Industry sectorNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing801.09.1550.98.9+25
Mining2,83534.211.12,96049.011.2-125
Manufacturing1061.35.3791.37.2+27
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services821.01.3400.71.3+42
Construction2,31027.89.290214.910.9+1,408
Retail Trade1291.68.71793.09.2-50
Wholesale trade640.82.0550.92.5+9
Accommodation and Food Services4014.86.43545.96.1+47
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2222.74.72424.04.8-20
Information Media and Telecommunications70.10.5130.20.6-6
Financial and Insurance Services110.11.1170.31.2-6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services530.61.4410.71.5+12
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7348.83.31542.63.2+580
Administrative and Support Services2473.03.11702.82.7+77
Public Administration and Safety1832.25.71622.75.8+21
Education and Training2262.78.32263.77.60
Health Care and Social Assistance1361.69.61632.78.4-27
Arts and Recreation Services120.11.160.10.7+6
Other Services1061.33.91171.93.9-11
Inadequately described or not stated3554.34.21041.72.3+251

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

Industry sector of employment, 2016
Industry sector of employment, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional WA: 9.1% Mining, Regional WA: 11.1% Manufacturing, Regional WA: 5.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional WA: 1.3% Construction, Regional WA: 9.2% Retail Trade, Regional WA: 8.7% Wholesale trade, Regional WA: 2.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional WA: 6.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional WA: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional WA: 0.5% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional WA: 1.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional WA: 1.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional WA: 3.3% Administrative and Support Services, Regional WA: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Regional WA: 5.7% Education and Training, Regional WA: 8.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional WA: 9.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional WA: 1.1% Other Services, Regional WA: 3.9% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Shire of Ashburton: 1.0% Mining, Shire of Ashburton: 34.2% Manufacturing, Shire of Ashburton: 1.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Shire of Ashburton: 1.0% Construction, Shire of Ashburton: 27.8% Retail Trade, Shire of Ashburton: 1.6% Wholesale trade, Shire of Ashburton: 0.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Shire of Ashburton: 4.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Shire of Ashburton: 2.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Shire of Ashburton: 0.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Shire of Ashburton: 8.8% Administrative and Support Services, Shire of Ashburton: 3.0% Public Administration and Safety, Shire of Ashburton: 2.2% Education and Training, Shire of Ashburton: 2.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Shire of Ashburton: 1.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.1% Other Services, Shire of Ashburton: 1.3%
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 industry sector of employment, 2011 to 2016
Change in industry sector of employment, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Shire of Ashburton: +25 Mining, Shire of Ashburton: -125 Manufacturing, Shire of Ashburton: +27 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Shire of Ashburton: +42 Construction, Shire of Ashburton: +1,408 Retail Trade, Shire of Ashburton: -50 Wholesale trade, Shire of Ashburton: +9 Accommodation and Food Services, Shire of Ashburton: +47 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Shire of Ashburton: -20 Information Media and Telecommunications, Shire of Ashburton: -6 Financial and Insurance Services, Shire of Ashburton: -6 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Shire of Ashburton: +12 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Shire of Ashburton: +580 Administrative and Support Services, Shire of Ashburton: +77 Public Administration and Safety, Shire of Ashburton: +21 Education and Training, Shire of Ashburton: 0 Health Care and Social Assistance, Shire of Ashburton: -27 Arts and Recreation Services, Shire of Ashburton: +6 Other Services, 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

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Shire of Ashburton in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (2,835 people or 34.2%)
  • Construction (2,310 people or 27.8%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (734 people or 8.8%)

In combination, these three industries employed 5,879 people in total or 70.8% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional WA employed 11.1% in Mining; 9.2% in Construction; and 3.3% in Professional, Scientific and Technical 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 (34.2% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in construction (27.8% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (1.0% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (1.6% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Shire of Ashburton increased by 2,260 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2011 and 2016 in the Shire of Ashburton were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+1,408 persons)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+580 persons)
  • Mining (-125 persons)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+77 persons)

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