Feature Article - FACTBase Bulletin 57 - Spatial Distribution and Employment Trends in Perth and Peel since the 2011 Census

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The Perth and Peel labour market has gone through some significant shifts since the 2006 Census. The Committee for Perth’s FACTBase Bulletin 57, Spatial Distribution and Employment Trends in Perth and Peel since the 2011 Census, explored various aspects of our workforce and updated previously conducted research on Perth and Peel’s labour force, employees and their geographical distribution.

While the labour force has continued to grow since 2002, the rate of growth has differed substantially across this period. Between 2002 and 2011, the labour force increased by almost 43%. Since this time, Perth and Peel has maintained steady growth, albeit at a much lower rate than previously, increasing by nearly 14% between 2010 and 2017.

Despite the overall slowing of employment growth, recent quarterly figures indicate a potential lift in the labour market since December 2016 through to September 2017.

When looking at the geographical distribution of employment, there are some clear hotspots of growth, especially in the outer ring of Greater Perth. Those that experienced significant increases in employment between 2011 and 2017 include North Coogee, Yanchep, Anketell – Wandi and Byford.

The research also found that there has been a significant increase in the amount of unemployed people in Greater Perth who are looking for work. The total number of people looking for work increased from 27,959 to 81,482, an increase of 191%. Some areas in Perth are showing signs of entrenched high unemployment rates, which include Balga – Mirrabooka, Girrawheen, Calista and Armadale – Wungong – Brookdale.

Interestingly, Greater Perth is experiencing a trend towards increased participation in the workforce of those aged 65 years and over, in both full-time and part-time roles. Between 2006 and 2016, the number of full-time workers over 65 increased by 137%. Those engaging in part-time work also increased notably, by 150%.

While Greater Perth has indeed experienced a slowing of growth in employment following the end of the resource sectors’ construction phase, the research was able to identify that there were still a number of areas that have increased their employment concentrations. The characteristics of our labour market is shifting, which will need to be considered as we continue to progress the research and recommendations for Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom.

Read the full report.


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