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3,878 people living in Harkness in 2016 were employed, of which 66% worked full-time and 32% part-time.

Harkness'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
Harkness - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Employment statusNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Employed
3,87893.292.42,61390.894.0+1,264
Employed full-time
2,55561.459.41,78962.162.7+766
Employed part-time
1,25430.131.072925.328.6+525
Hours worked not stated
681.72.0953.32.6-27
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed (Unemployment rate)2826.87.62649.26.0+17
Looking for full-time work
1583.84.41635.73.7-5
Looking for part-time work
1233.03.21013.52.3+22

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

Labour force status
Harkness - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Labour force statusNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal labour force (Participation rate)4,16065.763.62,87871.365.9+1,281
Not in the labour force
1,68326.630.693823.229.3+746
Labour force status not stated
4687.45.82185.44.8+250

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, City of Melton: 92.4% Employed full-time, City of Melton: 59.4% Employed part-time, City of Melton: 31.0% Hours worked not stated, City of Melton: 2.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Melton: 7.6% Looking for full-time work, City of Melton: 4.4% Looking for part-time work, City of Melton: 3.2% Employed, Harkness: 93.2% Employed full-time, Harkness: 61.4% Employed part-time, Harkness: 30.1% Hours worked not stated, Harkness: 1.7% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Harkness: 6.8% Looking for full-time work, Harkness: 3.8% Looking for part-time work, Harkness: 3.0%
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, Harkness: +1,264 Employed full-time, Harkness: +766 Employed part-time, Harkness: +525 Hours worked not stated, Harkness: -27 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Harkness: +17 Looking for full-time work, Harkness: -5 Looking for part-time work, Harkness: +22
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 Harkness's labour force in 2016 was 4,160, of which 1,254 were employed part-time and 2,555 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Harkness in 2016 compared to City of Melton shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 93.2% of the labour force was employed (61.3% of the population aged 15+), and 6.8% unemployed (4.5% of the population aged 15+), compared with 92.4% and 7.6% respectively for City of Melton.

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 Harkness in 2016 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (65.7%) compared with City of Melton (63.6%).

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in Harkness showed an increase of 1,265, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 18. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 1,282 or 44.5%.

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