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Colac Otway Shire

Employment status

9,474 people living in Colac Otway Shire in 2011 were employed, of which 57% worked full-time and 40% part-time.

Colac Otway Shire'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
Colac Otway Shire - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Employed
9,47496.394.89,36495.494.3+110
Employed full-time
5,44155.356.25,67657.857.4-235
Employed part-time
3,76538.336.53,41534.834.3+350
Hours worked not stated
2682.72.12732.82.6-5
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed (Unemployment rate)3623.75.24494.65.7-87
Looking for full-time work
2232.33.12862.93.7-63
Looking for part-time work
1391.42.01631.72.0-24

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

Labour force status
Colac Otway Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal labour force (Participation rate)9,83659.658.29,81360.558.2+23
Not in the labour force
5,88535.736.85,60634.636.4+279
Labour force status not stated
7754.75.07964.95.4-21

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, Regional VIC: 94.8% Employed full-time, Regional VIC: 56.2% Employed part-time, Regional VIC: 36.5% Hours worked not stated, Regional VIC: 2.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Regional VIC: 5.2% Looking for full-time work, Regional VIC: 3.1% Looking for part-time work, Regional VIC: 2.0% Employed, Colac Otway Shire: 96.3% Employed full-time, Colac Otway Shire: 55.3% Employed part-time, Colac Otway Shire: 38.3% Hours worked not stated, Colac Otway Shire: 2.7% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Colac Otway Shire: 3.7% Looking for full-time work, Colac Otway Shire: 2.3% Looking for part-time work, Colac Otway Shire: 1.4%
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, Colac Otway Shire: +110 Employed full-time, Colac Otway Shire: -235 Employed part-time, Colac Otway Shire: +350 Hours worked not stated, Colac Otway Shire: -5 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Colac Otway Shire: -87 Looking for full-time work, Colac Otway Shire: -63 Looking for part-time work, Colac Otway Shire: -24
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 Colac Otway Shire's labour force in 2011 was 9,836, of which 3,765 were employed part-time and 5,441 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Colac Otway Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 96.3% of the labour force was employed (57.4% of the population aged 15+), and 3.7% unemployed (2.2% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.8% and 5.2% respectively for Regional VIC.

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 Colac Otway Shire in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (59.6%) compared with Regional VIC (58.2%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in Colac Otway Shire showed an increase of 110, and the number unemployed showed a decrease of 87. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 23 or 0.2%.

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