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8,793 people living in West Region in 2011 were employed, of which 59% worked full-time and 40% part-time.

West 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
West Region - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Employed
8,79393.495.68,37395.296.2+420
Employed full-time
5,17355.054.95,01857.057.1+155
Employed part-time
3,49537.139.33,17736.136.9+318
Hours worked not stated
1251.31.41782.02.1-53
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed (Unemployment rate)6216.64.44264.83.8+195
Looking for full-time work
2732.92.02052.31.8+68
Looking for part-time work
3483.72.42202.52.0+128

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

Labour force status
West Region - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal labour force (Participation rate)9,41459.462.98,79956.762.0+615
Not in the labour force
5,89337.234.25,98838.634.5-95
Labour force status not stated
5423.42.97244.73.5-182

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, City of Mitcham: 95.6% Employed full-time, City of Mitcham: 54.9% Employed part-time, City of Mitcham: 39.3% Hours worked not stated, City of Mitcham: 1.4% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Mitcham: 4.4% Looking for full-time work, City of Mitcham: 2.0% Looking for part-time work, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Employed, West Region: 93.4% Employed full-time, West Region: 55.0% Employed part-time, West Region: 37.1% Hours worked not stated, West Region: 1.3% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), West Region: 6.6% Looking for full-time work, West Region: 2.9% Looking for part-time work, West Region: 3.7%
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, West Region: +420 Employed full-time, West Region: +155 Employed part-time, West Region: +318 Hours worked not stated, West Region: -53 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), West Region: +195 Looking for full-time work, West Region: +68 Looking for part-time work, West Region: +128
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 West Region's labour force in 2011 was 9,414, of which 3,495 were employed part-time and 5,173 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in West Region in 2011 compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 93.4% of the labour force was employed (55.5% of the population aged 15+), and 6.6% unemployed (3.9% of the population aged 15+), compared with 95.6% and 4.4% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

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 West Region in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (59.4%) compared with the City of Mitcham (62.9%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in West Region showed an increase of 420, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 195. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 615 or 7.0%.