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Industry composition

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In 2017, the Mining sector accounted for 40.3% of employment in the Murchison Area. The importance of this sector has increased over the last 10 years (31.6% in 2007)

Understanding the economic role of the Murchison Area provides a framework for understanding what policy responses and investment may be appropriate to support the growth of businesses and maintenance of a vibrant economy in the future.

The charts and table below give a broad overview of the role and function of your economy. It helps answer questions such as:

  • How much of the the Murchison Area's economy is driven by meeting the local population needs?
  • What proportion of jobs in the area are in goods production or selling of products?
  • In which broad sectors are the key strengths of the local economy?
  • What contribution do business services make in your area and is it growing?
  • Is there a presence of local, state and federal government workers in in the area?

Once you have developed a broad picture of your economy, you can then drill down further with all the detail here.

Employment composition
Employment composition Public administration and safety, 2017: 3.9% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2017: 5.7% Business services, 2017: 6.7% Goods related, 2017: 19.6% Household services, 2017: 23.8% Mining, 2017: 40.3% Public administration and safety, 2012: 3.6% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2012: 3.1% Business services, 2012: 6.5% Goods related, 2012: 21.1% Household services, 2012: 21.3% Mining, 2012: 44.4% Public administration and safety, 2007: 4.3% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2007: 3.3% Business services, 2007: 5.8% Goods related, 2007: 25.8% Household services, 2007: 29.2% Mining, 2007: 31.6%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts
Employment composition
West Coast Council201720122007
Household services57323.865121.374729.2
Goods related47119.664421.165825.8
Business services1606.71986.51485.8
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1385.7963.1843.3
Public administration and safety943.91093.61104.3

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.

Data are based on a 2015-16 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more