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Wollondilly Shire

Life-stages - Employment status

In 2011, 582 people aged 15 to 17 years living in Wollondilly Shire were employed, of which 25.1% were working full time and 66.5% part time.

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. Typically, unemployment among youth (under 25) and seniors (over 55) are regarded as important indicators of social cohesion.

The participation rate is another indicator - defined as the percentage of the population in the labour force, it applies to all people over 15, and tends to peak among people in their 30s, while being lower for age groups with a lot of students, retirees, and where one partner has child care responsibilities. A high participation rate may indicate a place people settle to be near employment, while a low one for a particular age group could indicate many retirees or discouraged job seekers.

Derived from the Census question:

'Last week did the person have a full time or part time job of any kind?'

People aged 15 to 17 years

Employment status
Wollondilly Shire - 15 to 17 years20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Employed58282.082.661785.584.0-35
Employed full-time14620.610.316823.313.3-22
Employed part-time38754.564.039554.761.4-8
Employed, away from work365.15.0192.64.7+17
Employed, hours not stated131.83.3354.84.6-22
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)12818.017.410514.516.0+23
Looking for full-time work375.24.2436.06.0-6
Looking for part-time work9112.813.2628.610.0+29

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

Labour force status
Wollondilly Shire - 15 to 17 years20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)71036.030.972235.633.6-12
Not in the labour force1,17959.864.91,22660.461.5-47
Labour force status not stated814.14.2824.04.9-1

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, New South Wales: 82.6% Employed full-time, New South Wales: 10.3% Employed part-time, New South Wales: 64.0% Employed, away from work, New South Wales: 5.0% Employed, hours not stated, New South Wales: 3.3% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), New South Wales: 17.4% Looking for full-time work, New South Wales: 4.2% Looking for part-time work, New South Wales: 13.2% Employed, Wollondilly Shire: 82.0% Employed full-time, Wollondilly Shire: 20.6% Employed part-time, Wollondilly Shire: 54.5% Employed, away from work, Wollondilly Shire: 5.1% Employed, hours not stated, Wollondilly Shire: 1.8% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Wollondilly Shire: 18.0% Looking for full-time work, Wollondilly Shire: 5.2% Looking for part-time work, Wollondilly Shire: 12.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Wollondilly Shire: -35 Employed full-time, Wollondilly Shire: -22 Employed part-time, Wollondilly Shire: -8 Employed, away from work, Wollondilly Shire: +17 Employed, hours not stated, Wollondilly Shire: -22 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Wollondilly Shire: +23 Looking for full-time work, Wollondilly Shire: -6 Looking for part-time work, Wollondilly Shire: +29
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of Wollondilly Shire's labour force aged 15 to 17 years in 2011 was 710 persons, of which 387 were employed part-time and 146 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status of people aged 15 to 17 years (as a percentage of the labour force) in Wollondilly Shire in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 82.0% of the labour force aged 15 to 17 years was employed (29.5% of the population aged 15+), and 18.0% unemployed (6.5% of the population aged 15+), compared with 82.6% and 17.4% respectively for New South Wales.

The labour force participation rate refers to the proportion of the population over 15 years of age 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 aged 15 to 17 years in Wollondilly Shire in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (36.0%) compared with New South Wales (30.9%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people aged 15 to 17 years employed in Wollondilly Shire showed a decrease of 35 persons and the number unemployed showed an increase of 23 persons. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed a decrease of 12 persons, or 1.7%.

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