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Perth Metropolitan Area

Industry sector of employment

More Perth Metropolitan Area residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2011.

The Perth Metropolitan Area’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.

Derived from the two Census questions:

'What best describes the business of your employer?' and 'What are the main goods produced or main services provided by your employers business?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
Perth Metropolitan Area - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Industry sectorNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,9810.50.65,8870.80.8-1,906
Mining43,4725.14.823,5413.23.2+19,931
Manufacturing72,7548.58.572,4309.99.9+324
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9,6841.11.17,2661.01.0+2,418
Construction85,45310.010.066,0729.19.1+19,381
Wholesale trade33,1283.93.931,2894.34.3+1,839
Retail Trade88,50910.310.483,31811.411.4+5,191
Accommodation and Food Services49,4605.85.842,0975.85.8+7,363
Transport, Postal and Warehousing37,9184.44.430,5884.24.2+7,330
Information Media and Telecommunications9,4511.11.210,8971.51.5-1,446
Financial and Insurance Services24,7232.92.924,5663.43.4+157
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services16,4561.91.814,9462.02.0+1,510
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services71,4438.38.353,0837.37.3+18,360
Administrative and Support Services28,1213.33.224,4903.43.4+3,631
Public Administration and Safety54,7156.46.447,3746.56.5+7,341
Education and Training69,5808.18.156,7127.87.8+12,868
Health Care and Social Assistance93,36710.910.977,60410.610.6+15,763
Arts and Recreation Services13,6741.61.510,1221.41.4+3,552
Other Services33,6133.93.928,3503.93.9+5,263
Inadequately described or not stated19,0242.22.219,3722.72.7-348

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

Industry sector of employment, 2011
Industry sector of employment, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Greater Perth: 0.6% Mining, Greater Perth: 4.8% Manufacturing, Greater Perth: 8.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Greater Perth: 1.1% Construction, Greater Perth: 10.0% Wholesale trade, Greater Perth: 3.9% Retail Trade, Greater Perth: 10.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Greater Perth: 5.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Greater Perth: 4.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Greater Perth: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Greater Perth: 2.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Greater Perth: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Greater Perth: 8.3% Administrative and Support Services, Greater Perth: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, Greater Perth: 6.4% Education and Training, Greater Perth: 8.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Greater Perth: 10.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Greater Perth: 1.5% Other Services, Greater Perth: 3.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Greater Perth: 2.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.5% Mining, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.1% Manufacturing, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.1% Construction, Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.0% Wholesale trade, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.9% Retail Trade, Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.3% Administrative and Support Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.4% Education and Training, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.6% Other Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: 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 industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Perth Metropolitan Area: -1,906 Mining, Perth Metropolitan Area: +19,931 Manufacturing, Perth Metropolitan Area: +324 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: +2,418 Construction, Perth Metropolitan Area: +19,381 Wholesale trade, Perth Metropolitan Area: +1,839 Retail Trade, Perth Metropolitan Area: +5,191 Accommodation and Food Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,363 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,330 Information Media and Telecommunications, Perth Metropolitan Area: -1,446 Financial and Insurance Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: +157 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: +1,510 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: +18,360 Administrative and Support Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: +3,631 Public Administration and Safety, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,341 Education and Training, Perth Metropolitan Area: +12,868 Health Care and Social Assistance, Perth Metropolitan Area: +15,763 Arts and Recreation Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: +3,552 Other Services, Perth Metropolitan Area: +5,263 Inadequately described or not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: -348
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

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (93,367 people or 10.9%)
  • Retail Trade (88,509 people or 10.3%)
  • Construction (85,453 people or 10.0%)

In combination, these three industries employed 267,329 people in total or 31.1% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Greater Perth employed 10.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.4% in Retail Trade; and 10.0% in Construction.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Perth Metropolitan Area increased by 128,524 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2006 and 2011 in the Perth Metropolitan Area were for those employed in:

  • Mining (+19,931 persons)
  • Construction (+19,381 persons)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+18,360 persons)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+15,763 persons)

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