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3,599 people living in Ashburton in 2011 were employed, of which 61% worked full-time and 38% part-time.

Ashburton'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
Ashburton - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Employed3,59994.195.53,31195.296.1+288
Employed full-time2,18257.158.81,99757.459.3+185
Employed part-time1,36335.635.21,24835.934.7+115
Hours worked not stated511.31.6671.92.2-16
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)2245.94.51694.93.9+55
Looking for full-time work1092.92.1852.41.8+24
Looking for part-time work1153.02.4842.42.1+31

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

Labour force status
Ashburton - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)3,82463.764.03,47961.463.3+344
Not in the labour force2,00033.331.81,94734.331.4+53
Labour force status not stated1783.04.32444.35.3-66

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, City of Boroondara: 95.5% Employed full-time, City of Boroondara: 58.8% Employed part-time, City of Boroondara: 35.2% Hours worked not stated, City of Boroondara: 1.6% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Boroondara: 4.5% Looking for full-time work, City of Boroondara: 2.1% Looking for part-time work, City of Boroondara: 2.4% Employed, Ashburton: 94.1% Employed full-time, Ashburton: 57.1% Employed part-time, Ashburton: 35.6% Hours worked not stated, Ashburton: 1.3% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Ashburton: 5.9% Looking for full-time work, Ashburton: 2.9% Looking for part-time work, Ashburton: 3.0%
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, Ashburton: +288 Employed full-time, Ashburton: +185 Employed part-time, Ashburton: +115 Hours worked not stated, Ashburton: -16 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Ashburton: +55 Looking for full-time work, Ashburton: +24 Looking for part-time work, 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

The size of Ashburton's labour force in 2011 was 3,824, of which 1,363 were employed part-time and 2,182 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Ashburton in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 94.1% of the labour force was employed (60.0% of the population aged 15+), and 5.9% unemployed (3.7% of the population aged 15+), compared with 95.5% and 4.5% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

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 Ashburton in 2011 shows that there was a similar proportion in the labour force (63.7%) compared with the City of Boroondara (64.0%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in Ashburton showed an increase of 288, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 55. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 345 or 9.9%.