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Industry composition

In 2015, the Mining sector accounted for 35.5% of employment in the Murchison Area. The importance of this sector has increased over the last 10 years (30.5% in 2005)

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 Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2015: 3.4% Public administration and safety, 2015: 4.3% Business services, 2015: 7.1% Goods related, 2015: 24.4% Household services, 2015: 25.3% Mining, 2015: 35.5% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2010: 2.9% Public administration and safety, 2010: 4.0% Business services, 2010: 6.3% Goods related, 2010: 25.0% Household services, 2010: 24.2% Mining, 2010: 37.6% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2005: 3.4% Public administration and safety, 2005: 4.3% Business services, 2005: 6.4% Goods related, 2005: 25.5% Household services, 2005: 29.9% Mining, 2005: 30.5%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts
Employment composition
West Coast Council201520102005
Household services62325.367624.272729.9
Goods related60024.469725.062025.5
Business services1747.11766.31576.4
Public administration and safety1074.31104.01054.3
Agriculture, forestry and fishing833.4822.9823.4

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

Data is based on 2014-15 constant prices for all years. NIEIR data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and new data releases normally adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.