City of Swan

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Swan, making up 12.1% 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 Swan 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 Swan.

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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Swan20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8441.32.37221.32.5+122
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6931.11.24740.91.2+219
Wholesale Trade3,5725.62.42,7405.02.5+832
Retail Trade7,10111.18.76,25011.39.5+851
Accommodation and Food Services4,1956.66.53,4076.26.4+788
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,1616.54.53,7506.84.6+411
Information Media and Telecommunications5250.80.85170.91.0+8
Financial and Insurance Services5230.82.16391.22.3-116
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services7331.11.47561.41.7-23
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,2113.56.91,9273.56.4+284
Administrative and Support Services1,6532.63.11,5692.83.3+84
Public Administration and Safety4,3116.85.94,1117.46.2+200
Education and Training5,0737.98.74,2147.68.7+859
Health Care and Social Assistance7,71812.113.65,2409.511.7+2,478
Arts and Recreation Services7241.11.65451.01.6+179
Other Services3,0884.83.93,1345.73.9-46
Industry not classified3,6425.74.63,0815.64.6+561
Total persons63,848100.0100.055,354100.0100.0+8,494

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. 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 Swan in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,718 people or 12.1%)
  • Retail Trade (7,101 people or 11.1%)
  • Construction (6,181 people or 9.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 21,000 people in total or 32.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 13.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.7% in Retail Trade and 8.8% in Construction.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (2.9% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.5% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Wholesale Trade (5.6% compared to 2.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (7.9% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Swan were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,478 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+859 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+851 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+832 local workers)

City of Swan

economic profile