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Shire of Ashburton

Employment by industry (Census)

Mining is the largest employer in the Shire of Ashburton, making up 52.1% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Shire of Ashburton regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the Shire of Ashburton.

NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by at at least 20% due to poor recording of workplace addresses, and large numbers of workers who don’t answer the relevant question, or have no usual workplace address. While this data shows the underlying structure of the economy and relative proportions of different industries, it should not be used as an accurate measure of local jobs. Census employment data should be viewed alongside modelled Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (FTE) data which resolves the undercount issue and is a more accurate and up to date reflection of total job numbers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Shire of Ashburton 20112006Change
Industry
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Number%Western Australia %Number%Western Australia %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing700.72.4531.13.3+17
Mining5,41252.16.42,92559.74.3+2,487
Manufacturing1251.28.3661.39.5+59
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services590.61.270.11.1+52
Construction1,83717.710.43647.49.0+1,473
Wholesale Trade740.73.6340.74.1+40
Retail Trade1841.810.11813.711.3+3
Accommodation and Food Services6346.15.92495.15.8+385
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4304.14.6992.04.2+331
Information Media and Telecommunications160.21.180.21.4+8
Financial and Insurance Services210.22.6220.43.0-1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services700.71.8400.82.0+30
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2782.77.3591.26.5+219
Administrative and Support Services2812.73.11843.83.2+97
Public Administration and Safety1901.86.31262.66.6+64
Education and Training2352.38.11954.07.9+40
Health Care and Social Assistance1901.810.41783.610.3+12
Arts and Recreation Services70.11.400.01.3+7
Other Services1641.63.9591.23.9+105
Industry not classified1031.01.3501.01.4+53

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

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Australia: 2.4% Mining, Western Australia: 6.4% Manufacturing, Western Australia: 8.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Australia: 1.2% Construction, Western Australia: 10.4% Wholesale Trade, Western Australia: 3.6% Retail Trade, Western Australia: 10.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Australia: 5.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Australia: 4.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Australia: 1.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Australia: 2.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Australia: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Australia: 7.3% Administrative and Support Services, Western Australia: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Western Australia: 6.3% Education and Training, Western Australia: 8.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Australia: 10.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Australia: 1.4% Other Services, Western Australia: 3.9% Industry not classified, Western Australia: 1.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Shire of Ashburton: 0.7% Mining, Shire of Ashburton: 52.1% Manufacturing, Shire of Ashburton: 1.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.6% Construction, Shire of Ashburton: 17.7% Wholesale Trade, Shire of Ashburton: 0.7% Retail Trade, Shire of Ashburton: 1.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Shire of Ashburton: 6.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Shire of Ashburton: 4.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Shire of Ashburton: 0.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Shire of Ashburton: 2.7% Administrative and Support Services, Shire of Ashburton: 2.7% Public Administration and Safety, Shire of Ashburton: 1.8% Education and Training, Shire of Ashburton: 2.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, Shire of Ashburton: 1.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Shire of Ashburton: 0.1% Other Services, Shire of Ashburton: 1.6% Industry not classified, Shire of Ashburton: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Shire of Ashburton: +17 Mining, Shire of Ashburton: +2,487 Manufacturing, Shire of Ashburton: +59 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Shire of Ashburton: +52 Construction, Shire of Ashburton: +1,473 Wholesale Trade, Shire of Ashburton: +40 Retail Trade, Shire of Ashburton: +3 Accommodation and Food Services, Shire of Ashburton: +385 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Shire of Ashburton: +331 Information Media and Telecommunications, Shire of Ashburton: +8 Financial and Insurance Services, Shire of Ashburton: -1 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Shire of Ashburton: +30 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Shire of Ashburton: +219 Administrative and Support Services, Shire of Ashburton: +97 Public Administration and Safety, Shire of Ashburton: +64 Education and Training, Shire of Ashburton: +40 Health Care and Social Assistance, Shire of Ashburton: +12 Arts and Recreation Services, Shire of Ashburton: +7 Other Services, Shire of Ashburton: +105 Industry not classified, Shire of Ashburton: +53
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local female in Shire of Ashburton in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (5,412 local workers 52.1%)
  • Construction (1,837 local workers 17.7%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (634 local workers 6.1%)

In combination these three industries employed 7,883 people in total or 75.9% of local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 6.4% in Mining; 10.4% in Construction; and 5.9% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Shire of Ashburton and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (52.1% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (17.7% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (1.8% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (1.8% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2006 and 2011 in the Shire of Ashburton were for those employed in:

  • Mining (+2,487 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,473 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+385 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+331 local workers)

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