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11,802 people living in Kew in 2011 were employed, of which 62% worked full-time and 36% part-time.

Kew'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
Kew - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Employed11,80295.995.511,24596.396.1+557
Employed full-time7,37660.058.87,07560.659.3+301
Employed part-time4,19234.135.23,93633.734.7+256
Hours worked not stated2341.91.62332.02.2+1
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)4984.04.54333.73.9+65
Looking for full-time work2011.62.12041.71.8-3
Looking for part-time work2972.42.42292.02.1+68

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

Labour force status
Kew - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)12,30062.464.011,67762.063.3+623
Not in the labour force6,18131.431.85,84431.031.4+338
Labour force status not stated1,2256.24.31,3137.05.3-88

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, Kew: 95.9% Employed full-time, Kew: 60.0% Employed part-time, Kew: 34.1% Hours worked not stated, Kew: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Kew: 4.0% Looking for full-time work, Kew: 1.6% Looking for part-time work, Kew: 2.4%
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, Kew: +557 Employed full-time, Kew: +301 Employed part-time, Kew: +256 Hours worked not stated, Kew: +1 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Kew: +65 Looking for full-time work, Kew: -3 Looking for part-time work, Kew: +68
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 Kew's labour force in 2011 was 12,300, of which 4,192 were employed part-time and 7,376 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Kew in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a similar proportion in employment, as well as a similar proportion unemployed. Overall, 96.0% of the labour force was employed (59.9% of the population aged 15+), and 4.0% unemployed (2.5% 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 Kew in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (62.4%) compared with the City of Boroondara (64.0%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in Kew showed an increase of 557, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 65. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 623 or 5.3%.