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Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Shire of Dandaragan, making up 30.7% of total employment.

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

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).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. Shire of Dandaragan currently subscribe to the “LITE” version of, which does not feature this extended dataset. In order to directly compare worker numbers between 2011 and 2016, it is recommended that Shire of Dandaragan subscribe to the FULL version of

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Shire of Dandaragan 2016
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Number%Western Australia %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing43430.72.5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services231.61.2
Wholesale Trade221.62.5
Retail Trade1027.29.5
Accommodation and Food Services1188.46.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing342.44.6
Information Media and Telecommunications30.21.0
Financial and Insurance Services876.22.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services141.01.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services251.86.4
Administrative and Support Services282.03.3
Public Administration and Safety684.86.2
Education and Training976.98.7
Health Care and Social Assistance523.711.7
Arts and Recreation Services372.61.6
Other Services392.83.9
Industry not classified463.34.6

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

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Australia: 2.5% Mining, Western Australia: 6.6% Manufacturing, Western Australia: 5.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Australia: 1.2% Construction, Western Australia: 9.9% Wholesale Trade, Western Australia: 2.5% Retail Trade, Western Australia: 9.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Australia: 6.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Australia: 4.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Australia: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Australia: 2.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Australia: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Australia: 6.4% Administrative and Support Services, Western Australia: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, Western Australia: 6.2% Education and Training, Western Australia: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Australia: 11.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Australia: 1.6% Other Services, Western Australia: 3.9% Industry not classified, Western Australia: 4.6% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Shire of Dandaragan: 30.7% Mining, Shire of Dandaragan: 2.5% Manufacturing, Shire of Dandaragan: 2.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Shire of Dandaragan: 1.6% Construction, Shire of Dandaragan: 7.7% Wholesale Trade, Shire of Dandaragan: 1.6% Retail Trade, Shire of Dandaragan: 7.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Shire of Dandaragan: 8.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Shire of Dandaragan: 2.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Shire of Dandaragan: 0.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Shire of Dandaragan: 6.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Shire of Dandaragan: 1.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Shire of Dandaragan: 1.8% Administrative and Support Services, Shire of Dandaragan: 2.0% Public Administration and Safety, Shire of Dandaragan: 4.8% Education and Training, Shire of Dandaragan: 6.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Shire of Dandaragan: 3.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Shire of Dandaragan: 2.6% Other Services, Shire of Dandaragan: 2.8% Industry not classified, Shire of Dandaragan: 3.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Shire of Dandaragan in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (434 local workers 30.7%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (118 local workers 8.4%)
  • Construction (109 local workers 7.7%)

In combination these three industries employed 661 people in total or 46.8% of local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 2.5% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 6.4% in Accommodation and Food Services; and 9.9% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (30.7% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (3.7% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.8% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (2.5% compared to 6.6%)