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 – 38 825

Labour force – 20 774

Employed persons – 18 246

Unemployment rate – 12.2%

Pilbara

Population – 65 675

Labour force – 50 458

Employed persons – 49 238

Unemployment rate – 2.4%

Gascoyne-Mid West

Population – 67 496

Labour force – 38 877

Employed persons – 36 421

Unemployment rate – 6.3%

Goldfields-Esperance

Population – 59 312

Labour force – 37 892

Employed persons – 35 977

Unemployment rate – 5.1%

Wheatbelt

Population – 73 947

Labour force – 34 360

Employed persons – 31 898

Unemployment rate – 7.2%

Perth

Population – 1 938 557

Labour force – 1 066 730

Employed persons – 1 002 183

Unemployment rate – 6.1%

Peel

Population – 135 366

Labour force – 61 937

Employed persons – 55 984

Unemployment rate – 9.6%

South West

Population – 177 636

Labour force – 90 548

Employed persons – 86 560

Unemployment rate – 4.4%

Great Southern

Population – 60 260

Labour force – 26 559

Employed persons – 24 696

Unemployment rate – 7.0%

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 (2015–16) and Department of Employment, Small Area Labour Markets–Australia (December quarter 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 on a 12 month rolling average basis. All figures shown relate to the latest available data.

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