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Parkes Shire

Employment status

5,838 people living in Parkes Shire in 2016 were employed, of which 62% worked full-time and 35% part-time.

Parkes Shire'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
Parkes Shire - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Employment statusNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Employed5,83892.693.46,03395.193.9-195
Employed full-time3,64457.855.23,84760.756.7-203
Employed part-time2,06532.836.32,04132.235.0+24
Hours worked not stated1292.01.91452.32.1-16
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)4657.46.63094.96.1+156
Looking for full-time work3044.83.92153.43.8+89
Looking for part-time work1612.62.7941.52.4+67

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

Labour force status
Parkes Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Labour force statusNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Total labour force (Participation rate)6,30354.054.86,34256.056.4-39
Not in the labour force4,19235.937.94,20537.238.5-13
Labour force status not stated1,1609.97.37686.85.2+392

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, Regional NSW: 93.4% Employed full-time, Regional NSW: 55.2% Employed part-time, Regional NSW: 36.3% Hours worked not stated, Regional NSW: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Regional NSW: 6.6% Looking for full-time work, Regional NSW: 3.9% Looking for part-time work, Regional NSW: 2.7% Employed, Parkes Shire: 92.6% Employed full-time, Parkes Shire: 57.8% Employed part-time, Parkes Shire: 32.8% Hours worked not stated, Parkes Shire: 2.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Parkes Shire: 7.4% Looking for full-time work, Parkes Shire: 4.8% Looking for part-time work, Parkes Shire: 2.6%
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, Parkes Shire: -195 Employed full-time, Parkes Shire: -203 Employed part-time, Parkes Shire: +24 Hours worked not stated, Parkes Shire: -16 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Parkes Shire: +156 Looking for full-time work, Parkes Shire: +89 Looking for part-time work, Parkes Shire: +67
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 Parkes Shire's labour force in 2016 was 6,303, of which 2,065 were employed part-time and 3,644 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Parkes Shire in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 92.6% of the labour force was employed (50.1% of the population aged 15+), and 7.4% unemployed (4.0% of the population aged 15+), compared with 93.4% and 6.6% respectively for Regional NSW.

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 Parkes Shire in 2016 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (54.0%) compared with Regional NSW (54.8%).

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in Parkes Shire showed a decrease of 195, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 156. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed a decrease of 39 or 0.6%.

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