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Shire of Murray

Employment status

6,422 people living in Shire of Murray in 2016 were employed, of which 57% worked full-time and 41% 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)20162011Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Employed6,42290.391.95,83994.395.2+583
Employed full-time3,68851.956.43,43955.560.2+249
Employed part-time2,61136.733.92,22435.933.1+387
Hours worked not stated1231.71.51762.81.9-53
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)6869.78.13565.74.8+330
Looking for full-time work4676.64.82373.82.7+230
Looking for part-time work2193.13.31191.92.0+100

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

Labour force status
Shire of Murray - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Total labour force (Participation rate)7,10852.463.76,19554.664.5+913
Not in the labour force5,32639.329.84,40838.829.6+918
Labour force status not stated1,1348.46.57486.65.9+386

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, Greater Perth: 91.9% Employed full-time, Greater Perth: 56.4% Employed part-time, Greater Perth: 33.9% Hours worked not stated, Greater Perth: 1.5% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Perth: 8.1% Looking for full-time work, Greater Perth: 4.8% Looking for part-time work, Greater Perth: 3.3% Employed, Shire of Murray: 90.3% Employed full-time, Shire of Murray: 51.9% Employed part-time, Shire of Murray: 36.7% Hours worked not stated, Shire of Murray: 1.7% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Shire of Murray: 9.7% Looking for full-time work, Shire of Murray: 6.6% Looking for part-time work, Shire of Murray: 3.1%
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, Shire of Murray: +583 Employed full-time, Shire of Murray: +249 Employed part-time, Shire of Murray: +387 Hours worked not stated, Shire of Murray: -53 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Shire of Murray: +330 Looking for full-time work, Shire of Murray: +230 Looking for part-time work, Shire of Murray: +100
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 Shire of Murray's labour force in 2016 was 7,108, of which 2,611 were employed part-time and 3,688 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Shire of Murray in 2016 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 90.3% of the labour force was employed (47.4% of the population aged 15+), and 9.7% unemployed (5.1% of the population aged 15+), compared with 91.9% and 8.1% 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 2016 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (52.4%) compared with Greater Perth (63.7%).

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in Shire of Murray showed an increase of 583, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 330. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 913 or 14.7%.

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