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West Coast Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the West Coast Council area, Mining is the largest employer, generating 1,184 FTE jobs in 2018/19.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in the West Coast Council area.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the West Coast Council area'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.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
West Coast Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1465.26.41264.56.2+20
Mining1,18442.31.81,58257.22.3-397
Manufacturing471.77.9772.89.1-30
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services401.41.7321.22.1+8
Construction66723.810.41174.28.6+550
Wholesale Trade110.42.5200.73.4-10
Retail Trade782.89.11003.610.1-22
Accommodation and Food Services1676.06.21937.06.3-26
Transport, Postal and Warehousing441.64.8732.65.0-29
Information Media and Telecommunications130.51.4130.51.9+0
Financial and Insurance Services70.32.070.22.2+0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services140.51.5160.61.5-2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services250.95.6210.84.9+4
Administrative and Support Services471.72.0592.12.6-11
Public Administration and Safety662.47.7722.67.5-6
Education and Training993.58.31083.98.6-9
Health Care and Social Assistance722.614.2662.411.9+6
Arts and Recreation Services321.12.4250.91.6+7
Other Services431.54.0612.24.3-18
Total industries2,803100.0100.02,767100.0100.0+36

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. 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 full-time equivalent local workers in the West Coast Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining (1,184 people or 42.3%)
  • Construction (667 people or 23.8%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (167 people or 6.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,019 people in total or 72.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 1.8% in Mining; 10.4% in Construction and 6.2% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the West Coast Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (42.3% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (23.8% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (2.6% compared to 14.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (2.8% compared to 9.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the West Coast Council area increased by increased by 36 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the West Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+550 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+20 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+8 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+7 full-time equivalent local workers)

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