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WSROC Region

Employment status

663,777 people living in the WSROC Region in 2016 were employed, of which 66% worked full-time and 32% 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)20162011Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Employed663,77792.694.0598,33092.994.3+65,446
Employed full-time436,42560.961.2398,61361.962.0+37,812
Employed part-time211,27329.530.9182,08928.330.1+29,183
Hours worked not stated16,0792.21.917,6272.72.1-1,549
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)53,2017.46.045,8837.15.7+7,318
Looking for full-time work29,5374.13.227,8514.33.3+1,686
Looking for part-time work23,6643.32.918,0322.82.4+5,632

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

Labour force status
WSROC Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total labour force (Participation rate)716,97859.561.6644,21459.761.7+72,764
Not in the labour force419,68234.832.3375,57534.832.4+44,106
Labour force status not stated68,1805.76.159,3525.55.9+8,828

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, Greater Sydney: 94.0% Employed full-time, Greater Sydney: 61.2% Employed part-time, Greater Sydney: 30.9% Hours worked not stated, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Sydney: 6.0% Looking for full-time work, Greater Sydney: 3.2% Looking for part-time work, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Employed, WSROC Region: 92.6% Employed full-time, WSROC Region: 60.9% Employed part-time, WSROC Region: 29.5% Hours worked not stated, WSROC Region: 2.2% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), WSROC Region: 7.4% Looking for full-time work, WSROC Region: 4.1% Looking for part-time work, WSROC Region: 3.3%
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, WSROC Region: +65,446 Employed full-time, WSROC Region: +37,812 Employed part-time, WSROC Region: +29,183 Hours worked not stated, WSROC Region: -1,549 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), WSROC Region: +7,318 Looking for full-time work, WSROC Region: +1,686 Looking for part-time work, WSROC Region: +5,632
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 the WSROC Region's labour force in 2016 was 716,978, of which 211,273 were employed part-time and 436,425 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the WSROC Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 92.6% of the labour force was employed (55.1% of the population aged 15+), and 7.4% unemployed (4.4% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.0% and 6.0% 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 2016 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (59.5%) compared with Greater Sydney (61.6%).

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people employed in the WSROC Region showed an increase of 65,447, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 7,318. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 72,764 or 11.3%.

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