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Rockhampton

Employment status

34,325 people living in Rockhampton in 2016 were employed, of which 64% worked full-time and 35% 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)20162011Change
Employment statusNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Employed
34,32590.892.235,08395.193.8-758
Employed full-time
21,83057.856.623,27463.159.1-1,444
Employed part-time
11,91231.533.910,73029.132.5+1,182
Hours worked not stated
5831.51.81,0792.92.2-496
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed (Unemployment rate)3,4759.27.81,8164.96.2+1,659
Looking for full-time work
2,3546.24.81,2523.44.0+1,102
Looking for part-time work
1,1213.02.95641.52.2+557

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

Labour force status
Rockhampton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Labour force statusNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal labour force (Participation rate)37,80059.958.836,89961.160.9+901
Not in the labour force
20,21732.033.018,44730.532.3+1,770
Labour force status not stated
5,1468.18.25,0868.46.7+60

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 QLD: 92.2% Employed full-time, Regional QLD: 56.6% Employed part-time, Regional QLD: 33.9% Hours worked not stated, Regional QLD: 1.8% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Regional QLD: 7.8% Looking for full-time work, Regional QLD: 4.8% Looking for part-time work, Regional QLD: 2.9% Employed, Rockhampton: 90.8% Employed full-time, Rockhampton: 57.8% Employed part-time, Rockhampton: 31.5% Hours worked not stated, Rockhampton: 1.5% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: 9.2% Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: 6.2% Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: 3.0%
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, Rockhampton: -758 Employed full-time, Rockhampton: -1,444 Employed part-time, Rockhampton: +1,182 Hours worked not stated, Rockhampton: -496 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Rockhampton: +1,659 Looking for full-time work, Rockhampton: +1,102 Looking for part-time work, Rockhampton: +557
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 Rockhampton's labour force in 2016 was 37,800, of which 11,912 were employed part-time and 21,830 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Rockhampton in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 90.8% of the labour force was employed (54.4% of the population aged 15+), and 9.2% unemployed (5.5% of the population aged 15+), compared with 92.2% and 7.8% 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 2016 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (59.9%) compared with Regional QLD (58.8%).

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in Rockhampton showed a decrease of 758, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 1,659. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 901 or 2.4%.

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