Town of Port Hedland

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Town of Port Hedland

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Town of Port Hedland, Mining is the largest employer, generating 4,336 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Town of Port Hedland. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Town of Port Hedland regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the Town of Port Hedland's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Town of Port Hedland2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing270.32.6290.32.4-1
Mining4,33640.67.12,90826.77.3+1,428
Manufacturing3373.26.74033.77.1-66
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2502.31.5970.91.5+154
Construction9438.89.52,67624.610.5-1,733
Wholesale Trade1901.83.01831.73.2+7
Retail Trade4754.410.24754.49.7+0
Accommodation and Food Services4714.46.45354.96.1-64
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,0409.74.81,0079.25.0+33
Information Media and Telecommunications240.21.1300.31.2-6
Financial and Insurance Services430.42.4420.42.5+1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1491.41.61941.81.9-45
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2392.27.32582.47.2-19
Administrative and Support Services2812.63.23323.03.3-51
Public Administration and Safety4063.86.63683.46.1+37
Education and Training4354.19.14334.08.5+3
Health Care and Social Assistance6536.111.25905.410.8+63
Arts and Recreation Services660.61.7510.51.6+15
Other Services3092.94.02872.64.1+22
Total industries10,675100.0100.010,897100.0100.0-222

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Town of Port Hedland in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining (4,336 people or 40.6%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1,040 people or 9.7%)
  • Construction (943 people or 8.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 6,319 people in total or 59.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 7.1% in Mining; 4.8% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 9.5% 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 the field of Mining (40.6% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (4.4% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (4.1% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (6.1% compared to 11.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Town of Port Hedland increased by decreased by -222 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Mining (+1,428 local workers)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+154 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+63 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+37 local workers)

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