Perth Inner City Region

Employment by industry (Census)

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer in Perth Inner City Region, making up 17.9% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Perth Inner City Region 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 Perth Inner City Region.

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

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Perth Inner City Region20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3880.12.33800.22.5+8
Mining22,9958.97.715,0607.96.6+7,935
Manufacturing3,8811.55.34,2282.25.6-347
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4,0481.61.23,8082.01.2+240
Construction11,6034.58.810,1415.39.9+1,462
Wholesale Trade2,2610.92.42,0131.12.5+248
Retail Trade10,1453.98.79,4815.09.5+664
Accommodation and Food Services15,9906.26.514,1567.46.4+1,834
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,3652.14.53,8912.04.6+1,474
Information Media and Telecommunications3,4451.30.83,0851.61.0+360
Financial and Insurance Services15,9886.22.113,8197.32.3+2,169
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4,4801.71.44,2282.21.7+252
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services46,28517.96.930,18015.96.4+16,105
Administrative and Support Services8,5963.33.17,4933.93.3+1,103
Public Administration and Safety24,6509.55.921,98011.66.2+2,670
Education and Training16,8106.58.712,1856.48.7+4,625
Health Care and Social Assistance37,71314.613.616,1178.511.7+21,596
Arts and Recreation Services7,4802.91.65,6693.01.6+1,811
Other Services6,6402.63.95,1562.73.9+1,484
Industry not classified9,5413.74.66,9503.74.6+2,591
Total persons258,892100.0100.0190,020100.0100.0+68,872

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 Perth Inner City Region in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (46,285 people or 17.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (37,713 people or 14.6%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (24,650 people or 9.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 108,648 people in total or 42.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 6.9% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 13.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 5.9% in Public Administration and Safety.

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 (17.9% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (3.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.5% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (6.2% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+21,596 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+16,105 local workers)
  • Mining (+7,935 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+4,625 local workers)

Perth Inner City Region

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