Shire of Harvey

Employment by industry (Census)

Construction is the largest employer in the Shire of Harvey, making up 14.5% of total employment.

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

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
Shire of Harvey20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6177.72.35728.62.5+45
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1011.31.2741.11.2+27
Wholesale Trade680.82.4450.72.5+23
Retail Trade6327.98.76439.79.5-11
Accommodation and Food Services4695.96.53164.86.4+153
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1862.34.52143.24.6-28
Information Media and Telecommunications100.10.8140.21.0-4
Financial and Insurance Services440.52.1651.02.3-21
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services380.51.4390.61.7-1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1692.16.91271.96.4+42
Administrative and Support Services1431.83.11462.23.3-3
Public Administration and Safety2433.05.92133.26.2+30
Education and Training1,05713.28.789813.58.7+159
Health Care and Social Assistance5677.113.64246.411.7+143
Arts and Recreation Services991.21.6971.51.6+2
Other Services2473.13.92313.53.9+16
Industry not classified3404.24.62634.04.6+77
Total persons8,017100.0100.06,630100.0100.0+1,387

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 Shire of Harvey in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Construction (1,162 people or 14.5%)
  • Manufacturing (1,120 people or 14.0%)
  • Education and Training (1,057 people or 13.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,339 people in total or 41.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 8.8% in Construction; 5.3% in Manufacturing and 8.7% in Education and Training.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (14.0% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (7.1% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (14.5% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (7.7% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Construction (+677 local workers)
  • Mining (+388 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-334 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+159 local workers)

Shire of Harvey

economic profile