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Shire of Murray

Employment by industry (Census)

Manufacturing is the largest employer in Shire of Murray, making up 24.5% of total employment.

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

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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Shire of Murray in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Shire of Murray20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2835.22.52674.82.4+16
Mining60411.26.62835.06.4+321
Manufacturing1,32124.55.61,96235.08.2-641
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services991.81.2841.51.1+15
Construction4207.89.95279.410.4-107
Wholesale Trade801.52.5751.33.5+5
Retail Trade4328.09.53686.610.0+64
Accommodation and Food Services3236.06.43486.25.9-25
Transport, Postal and Warehousing851.64.6901.64.6-5
Information Media and Telecommunications40.11.080.11.1-4
Financial and Insurance Services350.62.3390.72.5-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services651.21.7601.11.7+5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1242.36.41763.17.2-52
Administrative and Support Services1202.23.31502.73.1-30
Public Administration and Safety1592.96.21793.26.2-20
Education and Training4047.58.73055.48.0+99
Health Care and Social Assistance3085.711.72604.610.3+48
Arts and Recreation Services1302.41.61132.01.3+17
Other Services1723.23.91572.83.9+15
Industry not classified2234.14.61402.52.2+83
Total persons5,391100.0100.05,607100.0100.0-216

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Shire of Murray in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Manufacturing (1,321 people or 24.5%)
  • Mining (604 people or 11.2%)
  • Retail Trade (432 people or 8.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,357 people in total or 43.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 5.6% in Manufacturing; 6.6% in Mining and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (24.5% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (5.7% compared to 11.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (11.2% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.3% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Shire of Murray were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-641 local workers)
  • Mining (+321 local workers)
  • Construction (-107 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+99 local workers)

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