City of Rockingham

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Rockingham, Retail Trade is the largest employer, generating 5,543 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of Rockingham. 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 City of Rockingham 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 City of Rockingham'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
City of Rockingham2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3290.92.43571.02.5-28
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2910.81.5770.21.3+214
Wholesale Trade7112.02.94121.22.8+300
Retail Trade5,54315.79.06,03017.39.7-487
Accommodation and Food Services3,1699.06.13,49510.06.4-326
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1293.24.69732.84.8+156
Information Media and Telecommunications2990.81.13050.91.2-6
Financial and Insurance Services3581.02.33431.02.4+15
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5291.51.65961.71.8-67
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,0523.07.29692.86.8+83
Administrative and Support Services7992.33.11,0413.03.3-242
Public Administration and Safety4,84813.76.64,07011.76.2+778
Education and Training4,97314.19.24,56713.19.0+406
Health Care and Social Assistance5,50315.612.95,05314.511.6+450
Arts and Recreation Services6421.81.67342.11.8-92
Other Services1,4884.23.91,6394.74.2-151
Total industries35,380100.0100.034,815100.0100.0+565

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). 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 City of Rockingham in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Retail Trade (5,543 people or 15.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,503 people or 15.6%)
  • Education and Training (4,973 people or 14.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 16,019 people in total or 45.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 9.0% in Retail Trade; 12.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.2% in Education and Training.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.7% compared to 8.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (13.7% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (15.7% compared to 9.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (14.1% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Rockingham increased by increased by 565 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Public Administration and Safety (+778 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+450 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+406 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+300 local workers)

City of Rockingham

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