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Shire of Murray

Employment status

5,839 people living in Shire of Murray in 2011 were employed, of which 59% worked full-time and 38% part-time.

Shire of Murray'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
Shire of Murray - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Employed5,83994.395.24,71695.396.3+1,123
Employed full-time3,43955.560.22,83557.360.9+604
Employed part-time2,22435.933.11,73335.032.8+491
Hours worked not stated1762.81.91483.02.7+28
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)3565.74.82314.73.7+125
Looking for full-time work2373.82.71412.92.1+96
Looking for part-time work1191.92.0901.81.6+29

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

Labour force status
Shire of Murray - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)6,19554.664.54,94751.362.2+1,248
Not in the labour force4,40838.829.63,93240.831.0+476
Labour force status not stated7486.65.97708.06.7-22

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, Shire of Murray: 94.3% Employed full-time, Shire of Murray: 55.5% Employed part-time, Shire of Murray: 35.9% Hours worked not stated, Shire of Murray: 2.8% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Shire of Murray: 5.7% Looking for full-time work, Shire of Murray: 3.8% Looking for part-time work, Shire of Murray: 1.9%
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, Shire of Murray: +1,123 Employed full-time, Shire of Murray: +604 Employed part-time, Shire of Murray: +491 Hours worked not stated, Shire of Murray: +28 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Shire of Murray: +125 Looking for full-time work, Shire of Murray: +96 Looking for part-time work, Shire of Murray: +29
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 Shire of Murray's labour force in 2011 was 6,195, of which 2,224 were employed part-time and 3,439 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Shire of Murray in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 94.3% of the labour force was employed (51.4% of the population aged 15+), and 5.7% unemployed (3.1% 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 Shire of Murray in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (54.6%) compared with Greater Perth (64.5%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in Shire of Murray showed an increase of 1,123, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 125. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 1,248 or 25.2%.

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