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Greater Western Sydney Region

Employment status

953,151 people living in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 were employed, of which 66% worked full-time and 32% part-time.

The Greater Western Sydney Region'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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Employed953,15192.994.0857,81493.394.3+95,337
Employed full-time624,71160.961.2569,18061.962.0+55,531
Employed part-time306,08129.830.9264,39428.830.1+41,687
Hours worked not stated22,3592.21.924,2392.62.1-1,881
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)72,3847.16.061,7826.75.7+10,601
Looking for full-time work39,7653.93.237,2174.03.3+2,548
Looking for part-time work32,6193.22.924,5652.72.4+8,054

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Labour force status
Greater Western Sydney Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total labour force (Participation rate)1,025,53560.261.6919,59760.461.7+105,938
Not in the labour force584,84734.332.3523,16334.432.4+61,684
Labour force status not stated93,4005.56.180,2435.35.9+13,156

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment status, 2016
Employment status, 2016 Employed, Greater Sydney: 94.0% Employed full-time, Greater Sydney: 61.2% Employed part-time, Greater Sydney: 30.9% Hours worked not stated, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Sydney: 6.0% Looking for full-time work, Greater Sydney: 3.2% Looking for part-time work, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Employed, Greater Western Sydney Region: 92.9% Employed full-time, Greater Western Sydney Region: 60.9% Employed part-time, Greater Western Sydney Region: 29.8% Hours worked not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.2% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.1% Looking for full-time work, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.9% Looking for part-time work, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2011 to 2016
Change in employment status, 2011 to 2016 Employed, Greater Western Sydney Region: +95,337 Employed full-time, Greater Western Sydney Region: +55,531 Employed part-time, Greater Western Sydney Region: +41,687 Hours worked not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: -1,881 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Western Sydney Region: +10,601 Looking for full-time work, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,548 Looking for part-time work, Greater Western Sydney Region: +8,054
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of the Greater Western Sydney Region's labour force in 2016 was 1,025,535, of which 306,081 were employed part-time and 624,711 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 92.9% of the labour force was employed (55.9% of the population aged 15+), and 7.1% unemployed (4.2% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.0% and 6.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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 the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (60.2%) compared with Greater Sydney (61.6%).

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in the Greater Western Sydney Region showed an increase of 95,337, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 10,602. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 105,938 or 11.5%.

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