City of Rockingham

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 the 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 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, the City of Rockingham 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
City of Rockingham20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2340.82.52310.92.4+3
Mining1710.66.61450.66.4+26
Manufacturing9733.25.61,5436.08.2-570
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services970.31.2420.21.1+55
Construction2,2677.59.91,8987.310.4+369
Wholesale Trade3811.32.54711.83.5-90
Retail Trade4,75415.89.54,31816.710.0+436
Accommodation and Food Services2,7379.16.42,1288.25.9+609
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8472.84.67512.94.6+96
Information Media and Telecommunications2260.81.01890.71.1+37
Financial and Insurance Services3451.12.33691.42.5-24
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5551.81.75332.11.7+22
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9083.06.47923.17.2+116
Administrative and Support Services7362.43.36932.73.1+43
Public Administration and Safety3,71312.46.23,36613.06.2+347
Education and Training3,90913.08.73,12312.08.0+786
Health Care and Social Assistance4,18113.911.73,36213.010.3+819
Arts and Recreation Services5131.71.63921.51.3+121
Other Services1,3194.43.91,0524.13.9+267
Industry not classified1,1904.04.65232.02.2+667
Total persons30,056100.0100.025,924100.0100.0+4,132

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 the City of Rockingham in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

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

In combination these three fields accounted for 12,844 people in total or 42.7% of the 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 the field of Retail Trade (15.8% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (12.4% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.6% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (13.0% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+819 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+786 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+667 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+609 local workers)

City of Rockingham

economic profile