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 – 20,960

Employed persons – 18,874

Unemployment rate – 10.0%

Pilbara

Population – 65,675

Labour force – 61,519

Employed persons – 48,809

Unemployment rate – 2.0%

Gascoyne-Mid West

Population – 67,496

Labour force – 40,812

Employed persons – 38,743

Unemployment rate – 5.1%

Goldfields-Esperance

Population – 59,312

Labour force – 38,456

Employed persons – 36,926

Unemployment rate – 4.0%

Wheatbelt

Population – 73,947

Labour force – 35,714

Employed persons – 33,339

Unemployment rate – 6.7%

Perth

Population – 1,938,557

Labour force – 1,063,061

Employed persons – 994,586

Unemployment rate – 6.4%

Peel

Population – 135,366

Labour force – 61,519

Employed persons – 56,681

Unemployment rate – 7.9%

South West

Population – 177,636

Labour force – 91,886

Employed persons – 87,894

Unemployment rate – 4.3%

Great Southern

Population – 60,260

Labour force – 27,720

Employed persons – 25,858

Unemployment rate – 6.7%

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, 3218.0, Regional Population Growth, Australia, (at June 2016) and the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Small Area Labour Markets–Australia (June quarter 2017). 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 Commonwealth Department of Employment on a 12 month rolling average basis. All figures shown relate to the latest available data.

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Page last updated December 08, 2017