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West Coast Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Mining is the largest employer in the West Coast Council area, making up 34.3% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the West Coast Council area 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 West Coast Council area.

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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the West Coast Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
West Coast Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1196.25.3642.54.8+55
Mining65634.30.91,02740.31.2-371
Manufacturing241.36.9903.58.7-66
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services382.01.6301.21.7+8
Construction844.47.61194.77.6-35
Wholesale Trade80.42.2321.33.3-24
Retail Trade1226.410.91365.311.3-14
Accommodation and Food Services23412.37.732412.77.3-90
Transport, Postal and Warehousing723.84.2993.94.3-27
Information Media and Telecommunications130.71.4110.41.5+2
Financial and Insurance Services50.32.1120.52.4-7
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services120.61.2100.41.3+2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services160.84.7301.24.7-14
Administrative and Support Services824.33.0823.22.7--
Public Administration and Safety834.37.81114.49.0-28
Education and Training1347.09.31445.69.0-10
Health Care and Social Assistance965.014.2893.512.0+7
Arts and Recreation Services201.01.9150.61.6+5
Other Services512.73.8702.73.7-19
Industry not classified412.13.4401.62.0+1
Total persons1,910100.0100.02,549100.0100.0-639

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the West Coast Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (656 people or 34.3%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (234 people or 12.3%)
  • Education and Training (134 people or 7.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,024 people in total or 53.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 0.9% in Mining; 7.7% in Accommodation and Food Services and 9.3% in Education and Training.

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 (34.3% compared to 0.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (5.0% compared to 14.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.3% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (12.3% compared to 7.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the West Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Mining (-371 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (-90 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-66 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+55 local workers)

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