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Perth Metropolitan Area

Employment status

859,838 people living in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 were employed, of which 63% worked full-time and 35% part-time.

The Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Employed859,83895.495.2729,67096.396.3+130,168
Employed full-time541,81160.160.2461,04960.960.9+80,762
Employed part-time301,19533.433.1248,52832.832.8+52,667
Hours worked not stated16,8321.91.920,0942.72.7-3,262
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)41,1804.64.827,8123.73.7+13,368
Looking for full-time work22,9682.52.715,5402.12.1+7,428
Looking for part-time work18,2122.02.012,2721.61.6+5,940

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

Labour force status
Perth Metropolitan Area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)901,01864.564.5757,48362.262.2+143,535
Not in the labour force413,66729.629.6377,88931.031.0+35,778
Labour force status not stated82,6245.95.982,0296.76.7+595

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 Perth: 95.2% Employed full-time, Greater Perth: 60.2% Employed part-time, Greater Perth: 33.1% Hours worked not stated, Greater Perth: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Perth: 4.8% Looking for full-time work, Greater Perth: 2.7% Looking for part-time work, Greater Perth: 2.0% Employed, Perth Metropolitan Area: 95.4% Employed full-time, Perth Metropolitan Area: 60.1% Employed part-time, Perth Metropolitan Area: 33.4% Hours worked not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.6% Looking for full-time work, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.5% Looking for part-time work, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.0%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: +130,168 Employed full-time, Perth Metropolitan Area: +80,762 Employed part-time, Perth Metropolitan Area: +52,667 Hours worked not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: -3,262 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Perth Metropolitan Area: +13,368 Looking for full-time work, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,428 Looking for part-time work, Perth Metropolitan Area: +5,940
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 Perth Metropolitan Area's labour force in 2011 was 901,018, of which 301,195 were employed part-time and 541,811 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion in employment, as well as a similar proportion unemployed. Overall, 95.4% of the labour force was employed (61.5% of the population aged 15+), and 4.6% unemployed (2.9% of the population aged 15+), compared with 95.2% and 4.8% respectively for Greater Perth.

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 Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 shows that there was a similar proportion in the labour force (64.5%) compared with Greater Perth (64.5%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in the Perth Metropolitan Area showed an increase of 130,168, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 13,368. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 143,535 or 18.9%.

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