City of Cockburn

Employment by industry (Census)

Manufacturing is the largest employer in the City of Cockburn, making up 13.8% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of Cockburn 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 City of Cockburn.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Cockburn20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3320.72.32520.62.5+80
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,5193.01.21,1942.91.2+325
Wholesale Trade2,2444.52.41,8834.52.5+361
Retail Trade4,9329.98.74,45310.79.5+479
Accommodation and Food Services2,6245.26.51,9664.76.4+658
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,5215.04.52,3585.74.6+163
Information Media and Telecommunications1540.30.81620.41.0-8
Financial and Insurance Services4971.02.14451.12.3+52
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6051.21.45721.41.7+33
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,5235.06.92,0444.96.4+479
Administrative and Support Services1,2282.53.11,0732.63.3+155
Public Administration and Safety2,0564.15.91,6734.06.2+383
Education and Training3,5927.28.72,8556.98.7+737
Health Care and Social Assistance4,4628.913.62,8636.911.7+1,599
Arts and Recreation Services7761.61.65131.21.6+263
Other Services1,9523.93.91,5893.83.9+363
Industry not classified3,4266.84.62,9567.14.6+470
Total persons50,040100.0100.041,671100.0100.0+8,369

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

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Cockburn in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Manufacturing (6,889 people or 13.8%)
  • Construction (6,238 people or 12.5%)
  • Retail Trade (4,932 people or 9.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 18,059 people in total or 36.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 5.3% in Manufacturing; 8.8% in Construction and 8.7% in Retail Trade.

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 (13.8% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (2.9% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (8.9% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (12.5% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Cockburn were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,599 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+737 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+721 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+658 local workers)

City of Cockburn

economic profile