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35,083 people living in Rockhampton in 2011 were employed, of which 66% worked full-time and 31% part-time.

Rockhampton'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
Rockhampton - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Employed
35,08395.193.831,62794.494.9+3,456
Employed full-time
23,27463.159.120,71361.860.7+2,561
Employed part-time
10,73029.132.510,09330.131.5+637
Hours worked not stated
1,0792.92.28212.52.7+258
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed (Unemployment rate)1,8164.96.21,8665.65.1-50
Looking for full-time work
1,2523.44.01,2703.83.2-18
Looking for part-time work
5641.52.25961.81.9-32

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

Labour force status
Rockhampton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal labour force (Participation rate)36,89961.160.933,49359.260.0+3,406
Not in the labour force
18,44730.532.318,58532.832.5-138
Labour force status not stated
5,0868.46.74,5208.07.4+566

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 QLD: 93.8% Employed full-time, Regional QLD: 59.1% Employed part-time, Regional QLD: 32.5% Hours worked not stated, Regional QLD: 2.2% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Regional QLD: 6.2% Looking for full-time work, Regional QLD: 4.0% Looking for part-time work, Regional QLD: 2.2% Employed, Rockhampton: 95.1% Employed full-time, Rockhampton: 63.1% Employed part-time, Rockhampton: 29.1% Hours worked not stated, Rockhampton: 2.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: 4.9% Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: 3.4% Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: 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, Rockhampton: +3,456 Employed full-time, Rockhampton: +2,561 Employed part-time, Rockhampton: +637 Hours worked not stated, Rockhampton: +258 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: -50 Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: -18 Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: -32
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 Rockhampton's labour force in 2011 was 36,899, of which 10,730 were employed part-time and 23,274 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 95.1% of the labour force was employed (58.1% of the population aged 15+), and 4.9% unemployed (3.0% of the population aged 15+), compared with 93.8% and 6.2% respectively for Regional QLD.

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 Rockhampton in 2011 shows that there was a similar proportion in the labour force (61.1%) compared with Regional QLD (60.9%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in Rockhampton showed an increase of 3,456, and the number unemployed showed a decrease of 50. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 3,406 or 10.2%.

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