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Western Australia

Employment status

1,097,884 people living in Western Australia in 2011 were employed, of which 64% worked full-time and 34% part-time.

Western Australia'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
Western Australia - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Employed1,097,88495.394.4936,12996.294.8+161,755
Employed full-time699,43260.759.7593,66861.060.7+105,764
Employed part-time375,98732.632.6315,95532.531.5+60,032
Hours worked not stated22,4651.92.026,5062.72.6-4,041
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)54,2724.75.636,6643.85.2+17,608
Looking for full-time work32,3962.83.421,3732.23.2+11,023
Looking for part-time work21,8761.92.315,2911.62.0+6,585

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

Labour force status
Western Australia - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)1,152,15664.061.4972,79362.360.4+179,363
Not in the labour force529,56729.433.0478,24830.633.1+51,319
Labour force status not stated117,3686.55.6111,6197.16.5+5,749

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, Australia: 94.4% Employed full-time, Australia: 59.7% Employed part-time, Australia: 32.6% Hours worked not stated, Australia: 2.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Australia: 5.6% Looking for full-time work, Australia: 3.4% Looking for part-time work, Australia: 2.3% Employed, Western Australia: 95.3% Employed full-time, Western Australia: 60.7% Employed part-time, Western Australia: 32.6% Hours worked not stated, Western Australia: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Western Australia: 4.7% Looking for full-time work, Western Australia: 2.8% Looking for part-time work, Western Australia: 1.9%
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, Western Australia: +161,755 Employed full-time, Western Australia: +105,764 Employed part-time, Western Australia: +60,032 Hours worked not stated, Western Australia: -4,041 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Western Australia: +17,608 Looking for full-time work, Western Australia: +11,023 Looking for part-time work, Western Australia: +6,585
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 Western Australia's labour force in 2011 was 1,152,156, of which 375,987 were employed part-time and 699,432 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Western Australia in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 95.3% of the labour force was employed (61.0% of the population aged 15+), and 4.7% unemployed (3.0% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.4% and 5.6% respectively for Australia.

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 Western Australia in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (64.0%) compared with Australia (61.4%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in Western Australia showed an increase of 161,755, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 17,608. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 179,363 or 18.4%.

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