Shire of Ashburton

Resident workers - Industry

Total industries employs more of the Shire of Ashburton's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which the Shire of Ashburton residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in the Shire of Ashburton, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in the Shire of Ashburton are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current benchmark:
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Resident workers industry of employment
Shire of Ashburton - Persons 20212016Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing591.52.3801.02.5-21
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services280.71.2821.01.2-54
Wholesale Trade561.52.5640.82.5-8
Retail Trade1143.08.81291.69.5-15
Accommodation and Food Services2005.26.54014.86.4-201
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1133.04.52222.74.6-109
Information Media and Telecommunications90.20.870.11.0+2
Financial and Insurance Services120.32.2110.12.4+1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services441.11.4530.61.7-9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services340.96.97348.86.4-700
Administrative and Support Services1534.03.12473.03.3-94
Public Administration and Safety1674.45.91832.26.2-16
Education and Training2546.68.82262.78.7+28
Health Care and Social Assistance1594.213.61361.611.7+23
Arts and Recreation Services110.31.6120.11.6-1
Other Services731.93.91061.34.0-33
Industry not classified1483.94.63554.34.6-207
Total Persons3,840100.0100.08,299100.0100.0-4,459

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in the Shire of Ashburton in 2021shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (1,853 people or 48.4%)
  • Construction (323 people or 8.4%)
  • Education and Training (254 people or 6.6%)

In combination these three industries employed 2,430 people in total or 63.5% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 7.5% in Mining; 8.8% in Construction and 8.8% in Education and Training.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Mining (48.4% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (4.2% compared to 13.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (0.9% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Retail Trade (3.0% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2016 and 2021 in the Shire of Ashburton were for those employed in:

  • Construction (-1,987 resident workforce)
  • Mining (-982 resident workforce)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (-700 resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (-207 resident workforce)

Shire of Ashburton

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