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WSROC Region

Employment status

598,331 people living in the WSROC Region in 2011 were employed, of which 67% worked full-time and 30% part-time.

The WSROC Region'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
WSROC Region - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Employed598,33192.994.3547,89293.294.7+50,439
Employed full-time398,61561.962.0370,26963.063.0+28,346
Employed part-time182,08928.330.1157,88126.828.9+24,208
Hours worked not stated17,6282.72.119,7423.42.8-2,114
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)45,8837.15.740,1316.85.3+5,752
Looking for full-time work27,8514.33.326,0044.43.3+1,847
Looking for part-time work18,0332.82.414,1272.42.1+3,906

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

Labour force status
WSROC Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)644,21459.761.7588,02359.560.7+56,191
Not in the labour force375,57634.832.4336,32934.031.8+39,246
Labour force status not stated59,3525.55.963,5326.47.6-4,180

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, Greater Sydney: 94.3% Employed full-time, Greater Sydney: 62.0% Employed part-time, Greater Sydney: 30.1% Hours worked not stated, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Sydney: 5.7% Looking for full-time work, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Looking for part-time work, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Employed, WSROC Region: 92.9% Employed full-time, WSROC Region: 61.9% Employed part-time, WSROC Region: 28.3% Hours worked not stated, WSROC Region: 2.7% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), WSROC Region: 7.1% Looking for full-time work, WSROC Region: 4.3% Looking for part-time work, WSROC Region: 2.8%
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, WSROC Region: +50,439 Employed full-time, WSROC Region: +28,346 Employed part-time, WSROC Region: +24,208 Hours worked not stated, WSROC Region: -2,114 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), WSROC Region: +5,752 Looking for full-time work, WSROC Region: +1,847 Looking for part-time work, WSROC Region: +3,906
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 the WSROC Region's labour force in 2011 was 644,214, of which 182,089 were employed part-time and 398,615 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the WSROC Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 92.9% of the labour force was employed (55.4% of the population aged 15+), and 7.1% unemployed (4.3% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.3% and 5.7% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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 the WSROC Region in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (59.7%) compared with Greater Sydney (61.7%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in the WSROC Region showed an increase of 50,439, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 5,752. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 56,191 or 9.6%.

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