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16,573 people living in West Ward in 2011 were employed, of which 65% worked full-time and 32% part-time.

West Ward'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
West Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Employed
16,57393.792.416,29094.292.6+283
Employed full-time
10,84361.359.410,78262.361.0+61
Employed part-time
5,23829.630.04,85928.127.7+379
Hours worked not stated
4922.83.06503.83.9-158
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed (Unemployment rate)1,1086.37.61,0065.87.4+102
Looking for full-time work
7094.04.66753.94.9+34
Looking for part-time work
3992.33.03301.92.5+69

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

Labour force status
West Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal labour force (Participation rate)17,68155.952.917,29657.853.1+385
Not in the labour force
12,23138.740.811,03336.940.0+1,197
Labour force status not stated
1,6935.46.21,5885.36.9+105

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, Bankstown City: 92.4% Employed full-time, Bankstown City: 59.4% Employed part-time, Bankstown City: 30.0% Hours worked not stated, Bankstown City: 3.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Bankstown City: 7.6% Looking for full-time work, Bankstown City: 4.6% Looking for part-time work, Bankstown City: 3.0% Employed, West Ward: 93.7% Employed full-time, West Ward: 61.3% Employed part-time, West Ward: 29.6% Hours worked not stated, West Ward: 2.8% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), West Ward: 6.3% Looking for full-time work, West Ward: 4.0% Looking for part-time work, West Ward: 2.3%
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, West Ward: +283 Employed full-time, West Ward: +61 Employed part-time, West Ward: +379 Hours worked not stated, West Ward: -158 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), West Ward: +102 Looking for full-time work, West Ward: +34 Looking for part-time work, West Ward: +69
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 West Ward's labour force in 2011 was 17,681, of which 5,238 were employed part-time and 10,843 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in West Ward in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 93.7% of the labour force was employed (52.4% of the population aged 15+), and 6.3% unemployed (3.5% of the population aged 15+), compared with 92.4% and 7.6% respectively for Bankstown City.

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 West Ward in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (55.9%) compared with Bankstown City (52.9%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in West Ward showed an increase of 283, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 102. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 385 or 2.2%.