City of Fremantle

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Fremantle, making up 18.1% 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 Fremantle 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 Fremantle.

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 Fremantle20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2430.92.32381.02.5+5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1040.41.21060.41.2-2
Wholesale Trade6332.32.47633.12.5-130
Retail Trade2,4128.78.72,3579.59.5+55
Accommodation and Food Services3,00510.96.52,54810.26.4+457
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,3478.54.52,53510.24.6-188
Information Media and Telecommunications2360.90.81970.81.0+39
Financial and Insurance Services2951.12.13061.22.3-11
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4361.61.44651.91.7-29
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,7876.56.91,4065.76.4+381
Administrative and Support Services5251.93.14481.83.3+77
Public Administration and Safety1,5785.75.91,5826.46.2-4
Education and Training2,4969.18.72,3269.48.7+170
Health Care and Social Assistance4,98118.113.63,25513.111.7+1,726
Arts and Recreation Services6342.31.66932.81.6-59
Other Services9713.53.98623.53.9+109
Industry not classified1,4535.34.61,3185.34.6+135
Total persons27,577100.0100.024,861100.0100.0+2,716

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 Fremantle in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (4,981 people or 18.1%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (3,005 people or 10.9%)
  • Education and Training (2,496 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 10,482 people in total or 38.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 13.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 6.5% in Accommodation and Food Services and 8.7% in Education and Training.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (1.1% compared to 7.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.1% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (10.9% compared to 6.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (8.5% compared to 4.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,726 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+457 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+381 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-188 local workers)

City of Fremantle

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