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Employment by industry (Census)

Mining is the largest employer in the Town of Port Hedland, making up 29.8% of total employment.

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

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).

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, Town of Port Hedland 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
Town of Port Hedland 20162011Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Western Australia %Number%Western Australia %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing340.42.5300.32.4+4
Mining2,82929.86.62,37924.86.4+450
Manufacturing3203.45.65345.68.2-214
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1161.21.2951.01.1+21
Construction7487.99.91,72618.010.4-978
Wholesale Trade2132.22.51791.93.5+34
Retail Trade4885.19.54805.010.0+8
Accommodation and Food Services4705.06.45705.95.9-100
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,14612.14.67828.14.6+364
Information Media and Telecommunications250.31.0180.21.1+7
Financial and Insurance Services440.52.3510.52.5-7
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1791.91.72302.41.7-51
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2442.66.42582.77.2-14
Administrative and Support Services2782.93.33173.33.1-39
Public Administration and Safety4044.36.23563.76.2+48
Education and Training4474.78.74444.68.0+3
Health Care and Social Assistance6917.311.76026.310.3+89
Arts and Recreation Services680.71.6360.41.3+32
Other Services3463.63.92752.93.9+71
Industry not classified3934.14.62452.62.2+148

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Australia: 2.5% Mining, Western Australia: 6.6% Manufacturing, Western Australia: 5.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Australia: 1.2% Construction, Western Australia: 9.9% Wholesale Trade, Western Australia: 2.5% Retail Trade, Western Australia: 9.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Australia: 6.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Australia: 4.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Australia: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Australia: 2.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Australia: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Australia: 6.4% Administrative and Support Services, Western Australia: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, Western Australia: 6.2% Education and Training, Western Australia: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Australia: 11.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Australia: 1.6% Other Services, Western Australia: 3.9% Industry not classified, Western Australia: 4.6% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Town of Port Hedland: 0.4% Mining, Town of Port Hedland: 29.8% Manufacturing, Town of Port Hedland: 3.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Town of Port Hedland: 1.2% Construction, Town of Port Hedland: 7.9% Wholesale Trade, Town of Port Hedland: 2.2% Retail Trade, Town of Port Hedland: 5.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Town of Port Hedland: 5.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Town of Port Hedland: 12.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Town of Port Hedland: 0.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Town of Port Hedland: 0.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Town of Port Hedland: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Town of Port Hedland: 2.6% Administrative and Support Services, Town of Port Hedland: 2.9% Public Administration and Safety, Town of Port Hedland: 4.3% Education and Training, Town of Port Hedland: 4.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Town of Port Hedland: 7.3% Arts and Recreation Services, Town of Port Hedland: 0.7% Other Services, Town of Port Hedland: 3.6% Industry not classified, Town of Port Hedland: 4.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Town of Port Hedland: +4 Mining, Town of Port Hedland: +450 Manufacturing, Town of Port Hedland: -214 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Town of Port Hedland: +21 Construction, Town of Port Hedland: -978 Wholesale Trade, Town of Port Hedland: +34 Retail Trade, Town of Port Hedland: +8 Accommodation and Food Services, Town of Port Hedland: -100 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Town of Port Hedland: +364 Information Media and Telecommunications, Town of Port Hedland: +7 Financial and Insurance Services, Town of Port Hedland: -7 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Town of Port Hedland: -51 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Town of Port Hedland: -14 Administrative and Support Services, Town of Port Hedland: -39 Public Administration and Safety, Town of Port Hedland: +48 Education and Training, Town of Port Hedland: +3 Health Care and Social Assistance, Town of Port Hedland: +89 Arts and Recreation Services, Town of Port Hedland: +32 Other Services, Town of Port Hedland: +71 Industry not classified, Town of Port Hedland: +148
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Town of Port Hedland in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (2,829 local workers 29.8%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1,146 local workers 12.1%)
  • Construction (748 local workers 7.9%)

In combination these three industries employed 4,723 people in total or 49.8% of local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 6.6% in Mining; 4.6% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and 9.9% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Town of Port Hedland and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (29.8% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing (12.1% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (7.3% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (5.1% compared to 9.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Construction (-978 local workers)
  • Mining (+450 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+364 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-214 local workers)

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