Regional WA profiles

Regional WA profiles

The Department undertakes and facilitates research, analysis and planning associated with the current and future training and workforce development requirements for regional areas.  This involves researching and analysing data and trends relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, community, industry, social, economic, employment and training issues for the each of the nine regions of Western Australia.

Kimberley Pilbara Gascoyne - Mid West Goldfields-Esperance Wheatbelt Perth Peel South West Great Southern

Western Australia’s regions represent a wide diversity of living and working conditions. They also contribute significantly to the State's economy, with each region presenting its own unique workforce challenges and issues.

To find out more about each region, select it from the map.

Kimberley

Population – 38 801

Labour force – 20 062

Employed persons – 17 143

Unemployment rate – 14.5%

Pilbara

Population – 65 859

Labour force – 48 898

Employed persons – 47 489

Unemployment rate – 2.9%

Gascoyne-Mid West

Population – 67 878

Labour force – 37 564

Employed persons – 34 751

Unemployment rate – 7.5%

Goldfields-Esperance

Population – 60 532

Labour force – 36 640

Employed persons – 34 473

Unemployment rate – 5.9%

Wheatbelt

Population – 73 582

Labour force – 34 534

Employed persons – 32 426

Unemployment rate – 6.1%

Perth

Population – 1 914 705

Labour force – 1 073 237

Employed persons – 1 010 337

Unemployment rate – 5.9%

Peel

Population – 131 893

Labour force – 62 592

Employed persons – 57 238

Unemployment rate – 8.6%

South West

Population – 175 949

Labour force – 95 470

Employed persons – 91 208

Unemployment rate – 4.5%

Great Southern

Population – 60 169

Labour force – 27 005

Employed persons – 25 346

Unemployment rate – 6.1%

For state level labour market data please visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website. The latest labour market data can be found by searching for ‘Labour Force’ on their website. Alternatively, please see the Department’s Quarterly Labour and Economic Snapshot.

Sources for regional data are ABS Regional Population Growth, Cat. 3218.0 (2014–15) and Department of Employment, Small Area Labour Markets–Australia (June 2016). A discrepancy between some State and regional figures may arise from time to time due to State figures being released monthly by the ABS and regional figures being released quarterly by the Department of Employment. All figures shown relate to the latest available data.

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