City of South Perth

Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for the City of South Perth in 2020/21 was 0.64, meaning that there were less jobs than resident workers. Arts and Recreation Services had the highest ratio (1.79), while the lowest ratio was found in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (0.06).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether the City of South Perth could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment capacity by industry
City of South Perth2020/212015/16
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1341560.861301450.89
Mining4752,0690.233931,4210.28
Manufacturing888540.101089730.11
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services173110.06262910.09
Construction5841,0490.561,1961,8480.65
Wholesale Trade435740.07685960.11
Retail Trade8091,7460.469911,9030.52
Accommodation and Food Services1,5871,8820.841,5081,7350.87
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1407390.191538270.18
Information Media and Telecommunications802950.27933070.30
Financial and Insurance Services7931,2380.645909520.62
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4505320.855576310.88
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,0323,1620.641,7373,0130.58
Administrative and Support Services4846600.735047420.68
Public Administration and Safety1,2571,3190.951,1511,4610.79
Education and Training1,9092,8280.672,0372,7400.74
Health Care and Social Assistance3,1423,4910.902,3593,1420.75
Arts and Recreation Services9045061.799685311.82
Other Services4477510.605387540.71
Total industries15,37524,1620.6415,10824,0120.63

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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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City of South Perth

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