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West Coast Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the West Coast Council area, Mining is the largest employer, generating 949 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the West Coast Council area. 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 West Coast Council area 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 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.

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
West Coast Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1164.34.91093.85.1+8
Mining94935.51.21,33647.01.6-388
Manufacturing682.67.8843.08.6-16
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services521.91.7431.51.9+8
Construction48318.19.01194.27.7+364
Wholesale Trade190.72.5240.93.1-5
Retail Trade1405.211.21525.311.0-12
Accommodation and Food Services2288.57.22699.47.3-41
Transport, Postal and Warehousing632.44.31144.04.5-51
Information Media and Telecommunications210.81.7190.71.9+2
Financial and Insurance Services100.42.1110.42.3-1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services170.61.2210.71.3-5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services240.95.2260.94.7-2
Administrative and Support Services772.92.6873.12.8-10
Public Administration and Safety933.58.01013.68.1-8
Education and Training1435.49.51485.29.3-4
Health Care and Social Assistance893.313.6883.112.9+0
Arts and Recreation Services331.22.5301.11.9+2
Other Services491.83.7612.13.8-11
Total industries2,673100.0100.02,842100.0100.0-169

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 local workers in the West Coast Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining (949 people or 35.5%)
  • Construction (483 people or 18.1%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (228 people or 8.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,659 people in total or 62.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 1.2% in Mining; 9.0% in Construction and 7.2% in Accommodation and Food Services.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (35.5% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (3.3% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (18.1% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (5.2% compared to 11.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the West Coast Council area increased by decreased by -169 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Construction (+364 local workers)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+8 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+8 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+2 local workers)

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