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Western Rural

Employment status

1,555 people living in Western Rural in 2016 were employed, of which 66% worked full-time and 32% part-time.

Western Rural'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
Western Rural - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Employment statusNumber%Tamworth Regional Council %Number%Tamworth Regional Council %2011 to 2016
Employed
1,55597.494.21,78399.494.2-229
Employed full-time
1,02864.459.81,12662.759.8-97
Employed part-time
49431.032.462034.632.5-126
Hours worked not stated
312.01.9372.12.0-6
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed (Unemployment rate)412.65.8110.65.8+30
Looking for full-time work
221.43.750.33.8+18
Looking for part-time work
181.22.160.42.0+12

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

Labour force status
Western Rural - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Labour force statusNumber%Tamworth Regional Council %Number%Tamworth Regional Council %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal labour force (Participation rate)1,59666.158.11,79570.159.4-199
Not in the labour force
56923.634.066826.135.2-99
Labour force status not stated
2148.97.9983.95.4+116

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, Tamworth Regional Council: 94.2% Employed full-time, Tamworth Regional Council: 59.8% Employed part-time, Tamworth Regional Council: 32.4% Hours worked not stated, Tamworth Regional Council: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Tamworth Regional Council: 5.8% Looking for full-time work, Tamworth Regional Council: 3.7% Looking for part-time work, Tamworth Regional Council: 2.1% Employed, Western Rural: 97.4% Employed full-time, Western Rural: 64.4% Employed part-time, Western Rural: 31.0% Hours worked not stated, Western Rural: 2.0% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Western Rural: 2.6% Looking for full-time work, Western Rural: 1.4% Looking for part-time work, Western Rural: 1.2%
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, Western Rural: -229 Employed full-time, Western Rural: -97 Employed part-time, Western Rural: -126 Hours worked not stated, Western Rural: -6 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Western Rural: +30 Looking for full-time work, Western Rural: +18 Looking for part-time work, Western Rural: +12
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 Western Rural's labour force in 2016 was 1,596, of which 494 were employed part-time and 1,028 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Western Rural in 2016 compared to Tamworth Regional Council shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 97.4% of the labour force was employed (64.4% of the population aged 15+), and 2.6% unemployed (1.7% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.2% and 5.8% respectively for Tamworth Regional Council.

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 Western Rural in 2016 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (66.1%) compared with Tamworth Regional Council (58.1%).

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in Western Rural showed a decrease of 228, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 30. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed a decrease of 199 or 11.1%.

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