City of Swan

Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in the City of Swan, making up 11.3% 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 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 Swan 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 Swan20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7221.32.55201.02.4+202
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4740.91.24470.91.1+27
Wholesale Trade2,7405.02.53,4196.73.5-679
Retail Trade6,25011.39.56,13312.010.0+117
Accommodation and Food Services3,4076.26.42,7715.45.9+636
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,7506.84.62,8135.54.6+937
Information Media and Telecommunications5170.91.03920.81.1+125
Financial and Insurance Services6391.22.35521.12.5+87
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services7561.41.77671.51.7-11
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,9273.56.41,9893.97.2-62
Administrative and Support Services1,5692.83.31,1032.23.1+466
Public Administration and Safety4,1117.46.24,0197.96.2+92
Education and Training4,2147.68.73,4906.98.0+724
Health Care and Social Assistance5,2409.511.73,3806.610.3+1,860
Arts and Recreation Services5451.01.64440.91.3+101
Other Services3,1345.73.92,9225.73.9+212
Industry not classified3,0815.64.61,2062.42.2+1,875
Total persons55,354100.0100.050,919100.0100.0+4,435

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 Swan in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (6,250 people or 11.3%)
  • Manufacturing (5,626 people or 10.2%)
  • Construction (5,382 people or 9.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 17,258 people in total or 31.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 9.5% in Retail Trade; 5.6% in Manufacturing and 9.9% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (10.2% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (2.3% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.5% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Wholesale Trade (5.0% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Manufacturing (-2,540 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+1,875 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,860 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+937 local workers)

City of Swan

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