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5,212 people living in the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 were employed, of which 63% worked full-time and 33% part-time.

The Gunnedah 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
Gunnedah Shire - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Employed
5,21293.793.94,67591.792.9+537
Employed full-time
3,29559.256.73,04559.756.5+250
Employed part-time
1,74331.335.01,50729.633.8+236
Hours worked not stated
1743.12.11232.42.6+51
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed (Unemployment rate)3536.36.14228.37.1-69
Looking for full-time work
2284.13.82745.44.6-46
Looking for part-time work
1252.22.41482.92.5-23

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

Labour force status
Gunnedah Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal labour force (Participation rate)5,56558.556.45,09757.255.9+468
Not in the labour force
3,26734.338.53,40038.238.6-133
Labour force status not stated
6887.25.24114.65.4+277

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 NSW: 93.9% Employed full-time, Regional NSW: 56.7% Employed part-time, Regional NSW: 35.0% Hours worked not stated, Regional NSW: 2.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Regional NSW: 6.1% Looking for full-time work, Regional NSW: 3.8% Looking for part-time work, Regional NSW: 2.4% Employed, Gunnedah Shire: 93.7% Employed full-time, Gunnedah Shire: 59.2% Employed part-time, Gunnedah Shire: 31.3% Hours worked not stated, Gunnedah Shire: 3.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Gunnedah Shire: 6.3% Looking for full-time work, Gunnedah Shire: 4.1% Looking for part-time work, Gunnedah Shire: 2.2%
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, Gunnedah Shire: +537 Employed full-time, Gunnedah Shire: +250 Employed part-time, Gunnedah Shire: +236 Hours worked not stated, Gunnedah Shire: +51 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Gunnedah Shire: -69 Looking for full-time work, Gunnedah Shire: -46 Looking for part-time work, Gunnedah Shire: -23
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 Gunnedah Shire's labour force in 2011 was 5,565, of which 1,743 were employed part-time and 3,295 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a similar proportion in employment, as well as a similar proportion unemployed. Overall, 93.7% of the labour force was employed (54.7% of the population aged 15+), and 6.3% unemployed (3.7% of the population aged 15+), compared with 93.9% and 6.1% respectively for Regional NSW.

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 Gunnedah Shire in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (58.5%) compared with Regional NSW (56.4%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in the Gunnedah Shire showed an increase of 537, and the number unemployed showed a decrease of 69. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 468 or 9.2%.

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