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Parkes Shire

Employment status

6,033 people living in Parkes Shire in 2011 were employed, of which 64% worked full-time and 34% 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)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Employed6,03395.193.95,83091.792.9+203
Employed full-time3,84760.756.73,63257.156.5+215
Employed part-time2,04132.235.02,02231.833.8+19
Hours worked not stated1452.32.11762.82.6-31
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)3094.96.15288.37.1-219
Looking for full-time work2153.43.83615.74.6-146
Looking for part-time work941.52.41672.62.5-73

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

Labour force status
Parkes Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)6,34256.056.46,35857.855.9-16
Not in the labour force4,20537.238.54,13937.638.6+66
Labour force status not stated7686.85.25054.65.4+263

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, Regional NSW: 93.9% Employed full-time, Regional NSW: 56.7% Employed part-time, Regional NSW: 35.0% Hours worked not stated, Regional NSW: 2.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Regional NSW: 6.1% Looking for full-time work, Regional NSW: 3.8% Looking for part-time work, Regional NSW: 2.4% Employed, Parkes Shire: 95.1% Employed full-time, Parkes Shire: 60.7% Employed part-time, Parkes Shire: 32.2% Hours worked not stated, Parkes Shire: 2.3% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Parkes Shire: 4.9% Looking for full-time work, Parkes Shire: 3.4% Looking for part-time work, Parkes Shire: 1.5%
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, Parkes Shire: +203 Employed full-time, Parkes Shire: +215 Employed part-time, Parkes Shire: +19 Hours worked not stated, Parkes Shire: -31 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Parkes Shire: -219 Looking for full-time work, Parkes Shire: -146 Looking for part-time work, Parkes Shire: -73
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 Parkes Shire's labour force in 2011 was 6,342, of which 2,041 were employed part-time and 3,847 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Parkes Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 95.1% of the labour force was employed (53.3% of the population aged 15+), and 4.9% unemployed (2.7% of the population aged 15+), compared with 93.9% and 6.1% 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 2011 shows that there was a similar proportion in the labour force (56.0%) compared with Regional NSW (56.4%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in Parkes Shire showed an increase of 203, and the number unemployed showed a decrease of 219. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed a decrease of 16 or 0.3%.

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