Victoria is the second largest employing state with a quarter of all employed Australians (or 2,970,500). State employment is concentrated in Melbourne (77%).
Employment in Victoria rose by 6.4% (or 177,400) over the five years to November 2015. Females accounted for the majority of this growth (up by 109,400 or 8.7%) and they comprise 46% of the state’s workforce. Employment is expected to continue to grow in Victoria, up by 8.8% over the five years to November 2020.
In line with the national profile, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry (365,200) and it provided the most new jobs over the five years to November 2015 (up by 47,200 or 14.8%). Significant numbers of new jobs were also created in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (41,500 or 18.6%) and Education and Training (16,800 or 7.8%).
Employment in Manufacturing fell by 11.9% or 36,400 in Victoria over the five years to November 2015, but it remains the third largest employing industry. Despite the overall employment loss, new jobs have been created in some subsectors such as Basic Chemical and Chemical Product Manufacturing (up by 3,200 or 24.0%).
Workers in Victoria are more likely to be employed part-time than the national average (33% compared with 31%). A higher proportion of Victorian workers hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification (34%) than those in any other state (although the Australian Capital Territory has a higher proportion).
Young workers (15 to 24 years) comprise 15% of the Victorian workforce but they have a higher share of employment in Shepparton and Latrobe - Gippsland (both 19%), but a relatively low proportion in Hume (11%).
Educational attainment, Victoria (% of workforce)
Age profile, Victoria (% of workforce)
Employment projections by region, Victoria, five years to November 2020 (% change)
Employment by industry, Victoria
|Employ’t Nov 2015||Share of total||5 year change to Nov 2015|
|Accommodation and Food Services||198.3||7||14.7||8.0|
|Administrative and Support Services||108.4||4||7.9||7.9|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||88.6||3||14.7||19.9|
|Arts and Recreation Services||64.3||2||6.9||12.1|
|Education and Training||232.4||8||16.8||7.8|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||36.3||1||4.7||14.9|
|Financial and Insurance Services||115.8||4||-0.2||-0.2|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||365.2||12||47.2||14.8|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||61.3||2||0.8||1.4|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||264.2||9||41.5||18.6|
|Public Administration and Safety||146.0||5||13.8||10.4|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||47.9||2||5.4||12.8|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||151.3||5||14.0||10.2|
Employment by region, Victoria
|Employment||Employment Profile||Projected Employment|
|Employ’t Nov 2015||Share of state total||5 year change to Nov 2015||Part-time||Female||5 year change to Nov 2020|
|Latrobe - Gippsland||126.8||4||-1.8||-1.4||37||46||6.3||5.0|
|Warrnambool and South West||63.2||2||0.5||0.8||35||45||3.4||5.2|
1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Regional Employment Projections
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