Perth Inner City Region

Employment by industry (Total)

In Perth Inner City Region, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer, generating 64,924 local jobs in 2022/23.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Perth Inner City Region. 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 Perth Inner City Region 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 Perth Inner City Region'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
Perth Inner City Region2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4100.12.16430.22.9-232
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6,0251.81.46,1262.21.4-100
Wholesale Trade2,5980.82.82,8921.02.7-294
Retail Trade13,6144.18.311,4854.19.2+2,130
Accommodation and Food Services18,2825.56.217,9906.46.8+292
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7,2112.25.16,2072.24.9+1,003
Information Media and Telecommunications7,4982.31.15,9962.11.2+1,502
Financial and Insurance Services22,5096.82.317,6216.22.3+4,889
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6,1621.91.65,4921.91.6+671
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services64,92419.57.545,85016.26.7+19,074
Administrative and Support Services11,5543.52.910,4573.73.2+1,096
Public Administration and Safety33,29410.05.929,45910.46.3+3,835
Education and Training20,2076.18.320,1967.18.9+11
Health Care and Social Assistance44,33613.313.434,11712.112.2+10,219
Arts and Recreation Services8,6682.61.88,9823.22.1-314
Other Services8,0752.44.17,7432.74.1+332
Total industries333,010100.0100.0282,746100.0100.0+50,264

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). 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 Perth Inner City Region in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (64,924 people or 19.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (44,336 people or 13.3%)
  • Mining (37,740 people or 11.3%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 147,000 people in total or 44.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 7.5% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 13.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.8% in Mining.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (19.5% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.2% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (6.8% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.7% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Perth Inner City Region increased by 50,264 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+19,074 local workers)
  • Mining (+10,952 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+10,219 local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+4,889 local workers)

Perth Inner City Region

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