Shire of Ashburton

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Shire of Ashburton, Mining is the largest employer, generating 10,841 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Shire of Ashburton. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Shire of Ashburton regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the Shire of Ashburton's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Shire of Ashburton2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing610.42.21040.52.7-43
Mining10,84166.39.210,80248.27.4+40
Manufacturing3312.06.12931.36.1+38
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3051.91.54872.21.3-182
Construction1,85411.38.84,50720.110.2-2,654
Wholesale Trade1571.02.71410.62.9+16
Retail Trade1340.88.72671.29.6-133
Accommodation and Food Services6864.26.29944.46.6-308
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2581.65.16643.04.9-406
Information Media and Telecommunications40.01.1100.01.2-5
Financial and Insurance Services40.02.4110.02.4-7
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1881.11.62691.21.7-81
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2101.37.42,0829.36.8-1,872
Administrative and Support Services4022.53.06492.93.2-247
Public Administration and Safety3482.16.63981.86.1-50
Education and Training2201.38.42721.28.7-53
Health Care and Social Assistance1360.813.31770.811.8-41
Arts and Recreation Services280.21.8170.12.0+11
Other Services1921.24.02911.34.3-98
Total industries16,357100.0100.022,433100.0100.0-6,076

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Shire of Ashburton in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining (10,841 people or 66.3%)
  • Construction (1,854 people or 11.3%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (686 people or 4.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 13,381 people in total or 81.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 9.2% in Mining; 8.8% in Construction and 6.2% 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 the field of Mining (66.3% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (0.8% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (0.8% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (1.3% compared to 8.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Shire of Ashburton decreased by -6,076 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Mining (+40 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+38 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+16 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+11 local workers)

Shire of Ashburton

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