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Greater Western Sydney Region

Employment status

848,641 people living in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2011 were employed, of which 66% worked full-time and 31% 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)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Employed848,64193.494.3782,34993.594.7+66,292
Employed full-time563,29662.062.0526,31362.963.0+36,983
Employed part-time261,76228.830.1228,61027.328.9+33,152
Hours worked not stated23,5832.62.127,4263.32.8-3,843
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)60,1036.65.754,0126.55.3+6,091
Looking for full-time work36,7434.03.334,9744.23.3+1,769
Looking for part-time work23,3602.62.419,0382.32.1+4,322

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

Labour force status
Greater Western Sydney Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)908,74460.361.7836,36160.460.7+72,383
Not in the labour force517,59034.432.4463,08333.431.8+54,507
Labour force status not stated80,1595.35.985,5946.27.6-5,435

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, Greater Sydney: 94.3% Employed full-time, Greater Sydney: 62.0% Employed part-time, Greater Sydney: 30.1% Hours worked not stated, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Sydney: 5.7% Looking for full-time work, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Looking for part-time work, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Employed, Greater Western Sydney Region: 93.4% Employed full-time, Greater Western Sydney Region: 62.0% Employed part-time, Greater Western Sydney Region: 28.8% Hours worked not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.6% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.6% Looking for full-time work, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.0% Looking for part-time work, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.6%
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, Greater Western Sydney Region: +66,292 Employed full-time, Greater Western Sydney Region: +36,983 Employed part-time, Greater Western Sydney Region: +33,152 Hours worked not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: -3,843 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Western Sydney Region: +6,091 Looking for full-time work, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,769 Looking for part-time work, Greater Western Sydney Region: +4,322
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 the Greater Western Sydney Region's labour force in 2011 was 908,744, of which 261,762 were employed part-time and 563,296 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 93.4% of the labour force was employed (56.3% of the population aged 15+), and 6.6% unemployed (4.0% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.3% and 5.7% 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 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (60.3%) compared with Greater Sydney (61.7%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in the Greater Western Sydney Region showed an increase of 66,292, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 6,091. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 72,383 or 8.7%.

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