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Western Australia

Industry sector of employment

More Western Australia residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2011.

Western Australia’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
Western Australia - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Industry sectorNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing26,4182.42.530,8473.33.1-4,429
Mining67,9416.21.840,0814.31.2+27,860
Manufacturing90,3748.29.088,4059.410.5+1,969
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services12,5631.11.19,5861.01.0+2,977
Construction111,84810.28.285,1239.17.8+26,725
Wholesale trade39,0623.64.037,2084.04.4+1,854
Retail Trade110,75810.110.5104,29111.111.3+6,467
Accommodation and Food Services64,7955.96.554,5885.86.3+10,207
Transport, Postal and Warehousing49,7624.54.839,4754.24.7+10,287
Information Media and Telecommunications11,6721.11.812,4361.31.9-764
Financial and Insurance Services27,9892.53.827,1442.93.8+845
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services19,0691.71.618,4212.01.7+648
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services79,0097.27.358,9046.36.6+20,105
Administrative and Support Services34,3283.13.229,7343.23.1+4,594
Public Administration and Safety68,5576.26.960,0436.46.7+8,514
Education and Training88,0908.08.071,8897.77.7+16,201
Health Care and Social Assistance113,75710.411.695,16210.210.5+18,595
Arts and Recreation Services14,7901.31.511,6281.21.4+3,162
Other Services42,8893.93.835,7083.83.7+7,181
Inadequately described or not stated24,2152.22.325,4732.72.6-1,258

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, Australia: 2.5% Mining, Australia: 1.8% Manufacturing, Australia: 9.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Australia: 1.1% Construction, Australia: 8.2% Wholesale trade, Australia: 4.0% Retail Trade, Australia: 10.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Australia: 6.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Australia: 4.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Australia: 1.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Australia: 3.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Australia: 1.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Australia: 7.3% Administrative and Support Services, Australia: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, Australia: 6.9% Education and Training, Australia: 8.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Australia: 11.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Australia: 1.5% Other Services, Australia: 3.8% Inadequately described or not stated, Australia: 2.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Australia: 2.4% Mining, Western Australia: 6.2% Manufacturing, Western Australia: 8.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Australia: 1.1% Construction, Western Australia: 10.2% Wholesale trade, Western Australia: 3.6% Retail Trade, Western Australia: 10.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Australia: 5.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Australia: 4.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Australia: 1.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Australia: 2.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Australia: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Australia: 7.2% Administrative and Support Services, Western Australia: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Western Australia: 6.2% Education and Training, Western Australia: 8.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Australia: 10.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Australia: 1.3% Other Services, Western Australia: 3.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Western Australia: 2.2%
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, Western Australia: -4,429 Mining, Western Australia: +27,860 Manufacturing, Western Australia: +1,969 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Australia: +2,977 Construction, Western Australia: +26,725 Wholesale trade, Western Australia: +1,854 Retail Trade, Western Australia: +6,467 Accommodation and Food Services, Western Australia: +10,207 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Australia: +10,287 Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Australia: -764 Financial and Insurance Services, Western Australia: +845 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Australia: +648 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Australia: +20,105 Administrative and Support Services, Western Australia: +4,594 Public Administration and Safety, Western Australia: +8,514 Education and Training, Western Australia: +16,201 Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Australia: +18,595 Arts and Recreation Services, Western Australia: +3,162 Other Services, Western Australia: +7,181 Inadequately described or not stated, Western Australia: -1,258
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 Western Australia in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (113,757 people or 10.4%)
  • Construction (111,848 people or 10.2%)
  • Retail Trade (110,758 people or 10.1%)

In combination, these three industries employed 336,363 people in total or 30.6% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Australia employed 11.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.2% in Construction; and 10.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Western Australia and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in mining (6.2% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in construction (10.2% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (10.4% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in financial and insurance services (2.5% compared to 3.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Western Australia increased by 161,740 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2006 and 2011 in Western Australia were for those employed in:

  • Mining (+27,860 persons)
  • Construction (+26,725 persons)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+20,105 persons)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+18,595 persons)

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