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Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in the City of Rockingham, making up 15.8% of total employment.

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

NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by at at least 20% due to poor recording of workplace addresses, and large numbers of workers who don’t answer the relevant question, or have no usual workplace address. While this data shows the underlying structure of the economy and relative proportions of different industries, it should not be used as an accurate measure of local jobs. Census employment data should be viewed alongside modelled Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (FTE) data which resolves the undercount issue and is a more accurate and up to date reflection of total job numbers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Rockingham 2016
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Number%Western Australia %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2340.82.5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services970.31.2
Wholesale Trade3811.32.5
Retail Trade4,75415.89.5
Accommodation and Food Services2,7379.16.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8472.84.6
Information Media and Telecommunications2260.81.0
Financial and Insurance Services3451.12.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5551.81.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9083.06.4
Administrative and Support Services7362.43.3
Public Administration and Safety3,71312.46.2
Education and Training3,90913.08.7
Health Care and Social Assistance4,18113.911.7
Arts and Recreation Services5131.71.6
Other Services1,3194.43.9
Industry not classified1,1904.04.6

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, City of Rockingham: 0.8% Mining, City of Rockingham: 0.6% Manufacturing, City of Rockingham: 3.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Rockingham: 0.3% Construction, City of Rockingham: 7.5% Wholesale Trade, City of Rockingham: 1.3% Retail Trade, City of Rockingham: 15.8% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Rockingham: 9.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Rockingham: 2.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Rockingham: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Rockingham: 1.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Rockingham: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Rockingham: 3.0% Administrative and Support Services, City of Rockingham: 2.4% Public Administration and Safety, City of Rockingham: 12.4% Education and Training, City of Rockingham: 13.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Rockingham: 13.9% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Rockingham: 1.7% Other Services, City of Rockingham: 4.4% Industry not classified, City of Rockingham: 4.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

  • Retail Trade (4,754 local workers 15.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (4,181 local workers 13.9%)
  • Education and Training (3,909 local workers 13.0%)

In combination these three industries employed 12,844 people in total or 42.7% of local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 9.5% in Retail Trade; 11.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 8.7% in Education and Training.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (15.8% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (12.4% compared to 6.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Education and Training (13.0% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.6% compared to 6.6%)