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Macarthur Region

Employment status

115,108 people living in the Macarthur Region in 2011 were employed, of which 67% worked full-time and 30% part-time.

The Macarthur 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
Macarthur Region - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Employed115,10894.094.3107,42293.994.7+7,686
Employed full-time77,14763.062.072,20763.163.0+4,940
Employed part-time34,97728.630.131,78927.828.9+3,188
Hours worked not stated2,9842.42.13,4263.02.8-442
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)7,3246.05.76,9746.15.3+350
Looking for full-time work4,6523.83.34,6314.03.3+21
Looking for part-time work2,6722.22.42,3432.02.1+329

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

Labour force status
Macarthur Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)122,43264.461.7114,39664.860.7+8,036
Not in the labour force58,31830.732.452,07829.531.8+6,240
Labour force status not stated9,4295.05.910,0945.77.6-665

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, Macarthur Region: 94.0% Employed full-time, Macarthur Region: 63.0% Employed part-time, Macarthur Region: 28.6% Hours worked not stated, Macarthur Region: 2.4% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Macarthur Region: 6.0% Looking for full-time work, Macarthur Region: 3.8% Looking for part-time work, Macarthur Region: 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, Macarthur Region: +7,686 Employed full-time, Macarthur Region: +4,940 Employed part-time, Macarthur Region: +3,188 Hours worked not stated, Macarthur Region: -442 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Macarthur Region: +350 Looking for full-time work, Macarthur Region: +21 Looking for part-time work, Macarthur Region: +329
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 Macarthur Region's labour force in 2011 was 122,432, of which 34,977 were employed part-time and 77,147 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Macarthur Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar proportion in employment, as well as a similar proportion unemployed. Overall, 94.0% of the labour force was employed (60.5% of the population aged 15+), and 6.0% unemployed (3.9% 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 Macarthur Region in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (64.4%) compared with Greater Sydney (61.7%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in the Macarthur Region showed an increase of 7,686, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 350. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 8,036 or 7.0%.

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