City of Cockburn

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Cockburn, Manufacturing is the largest employer, generating 8,873 local jobs in 2022/23.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of Cockburn. 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 City of Cockburn 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 City of Cockburn'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
City of Cockburn2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6211.02.14940.92.9+126
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,8174.61.42,5704.81.4+248
Wholesale Trade3,2295.32.82,7305.12.7+499
Retail Trade5,5019.08.35,1779.69.2+324
Accommodation and Food Services2,9994.96.22,7145.06.8+285
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,4305.65.13,3216.14.9+108
Information Media and Telecommunications2350.41.11940.41.2+41
Financial and Insurance Services5540.92.34770.92.3+78
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services9261.51.66971.31.6+228
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,1775.27.52,4554.56.7+722
Administrative and Support Services1,5962.62.91,4722.73.2+123
Public Administration and Safety2,4624.05.92,0933.96.3+369
Education and Training4,3807.28.33,8327.18.9+548
Health Care and Social Assistance5,7979.513.43,9997.412.2+1,798
Arts and Recreation Services1,1841.91.89721.82.1+212
Other Services2,8654.74.12,1754.04.1+690
Total industries60,824100.0100.054,044100.0100.0+6,780

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in 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 City of Cockburn in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing (8,873 people or 14.6%)
  • Construction (7,302 people or 12.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,797 people or 9.5%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 21,972 people in total or 36.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 6.1% in Manufacturing; 9.1% in Construction and 13.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (14.6% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (4.7% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (9.5% compared to 13.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (4.6% compared to 1.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Cockburn increased by 6,780 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,798 local workers)
  • Mining (+1,097 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+722 local workers)
  • Other Services (+690 local workers)

City of Cockburn

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