Western Australia

This image shows that there were 1,351,700 people employed in Western Australia as at November 2015, up 0.3% since 2014 and 11.0% since 2010. 22% of jobs were regional. Employment in Western Australia is projected to grow by 6.9% over the next 5 years.
1,351,700
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
0.3 since 2014
11.0 since 2010
Projected to increase by 6.9% over the next 5 years

Western Australia is the fourth largest employing state, with 1,351,700 workers. Employment is highly concentrated in Perth, with more than three quarters of workers located in the capital, although some fly-in/fly-out to regional areas.

Underpinned by the resources boom, employment in Western Australia grew by 11.0% or 133,900 over the five years to November 2015, well above the national average growth rate (6.4%). Over the last year, however, employment growth slowed to just 0.3% adding 4,700 jobs, the weakest of any state or territory. Over the five years to November 2020, employment is expected to rise by 6.9%.

Employment growth over the past five years has been shared relatively evenly between females (up by 63,700 or 11.9%) and males (70,200 or 10.3%). Women, though, comprise just 44% of state employment, the lowest proportion of any jurisdiction.

Employment increased in all but four of the 19 industries over the five years to November 2015. The largest numbers of new jobs were created in Health Care and Social Assistance (up by 39,200), Construction (22,300) and Accommodation and Food Services (20,500).

Western Australia has 42% of all Mining jobs and this industry accounts for 7% of the state’s workforce, but employment has declined by 10,900 or 10.1% over the past two years and further falls are expected.

Workers in this state are generally employed full-time (71%).

The state’s workforce has relatively low educational attainment. One third of workers do not hold a post-school qualification and those who have completed post-school education are more likely to hold a certificate III or higher vocational education and training (VET) qualification than a bachelor degree or higher.

Youth (15 to 24 years) comprise 15% of the state’s workers and four in five of these workers are employed in Perth.

Educational attainment, Western Australia (% of workforce)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Western Australian workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 28%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 33%. No post-school qualification 33%. Other qualification 6%.

Age profile, Western Australia (% of workforce)

Shows age profile of the workforce in Western Australia.  15-24 years 15%. 25-34 years 25%. 35-44 years 21%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%. National average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Western Australia, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Western Australia, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Employment by industry, Western Australia

Employment by industry, Western Australia
  Employ’t Nov 2015 Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2015
Industries '000 % '000 %
Accommodation and Food Services 89.2 7 20.5 29.8
Administrative and Support Services 46.4 3 6.1 15.1
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 26.1 2 -14.2 -35.3
Arts and Recreation Services 25.8 2 5.7 28.5
Construction 150.8 11 22.3 17.3
Education and Training 98.4 7 3.4 3.6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 14.5 1 -2.6 -15.1
Financial and Insurance Services 32.4 2 2.3 7.8
Health Care and Social Assistance 156.1 12 39.2 33.5
Information Media and Telecommunications 15.0 1 0.8 5.6
Manufacturing 79.5 6 -6.0 -7.0
Mining 97.2 7 6.6 7.3
Other Services 61.5 5 4.8 8.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 105.5 8 17.0 19.1
Public Administration and Safety 80.5 6 7.7 10.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 26.8 2 4.5 20.4
Retail Trade 138.4 10 16.0 13.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 73.3 5 15.3 26.4
Wholesale Trade 40.2 3 -0.8 -2.0

Employment by region, Western Australia

Employment by region, Western Australia
  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
Regions '000 % '000 % % % '000 %
Greater Perth 1,058.6 78 117.5 12.5 31 45 90.0 8.4
Bunbury 96.1 7 17.6 22.4 32 45 2.9 3.0
Western Australia - Outback 136.5 10 17.0 14.2 17 39 1.4 1.0
Western Australia - Wheat Belt 61.3 5 -1.5 -2.5 32 44 0.6 0.9
Western Australia1 1,351.7 100 133.9 11.0 29 44 94.9 6.9
Australia 11,855.8 - 710.1 6.4 31 46 989.7 8.3

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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