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. WA’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.

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

To find out more about each region, select it from the map. Please note that up to date data is not currently available, due to recent changes to the geographic structure of Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) which will delay data for many Local Government Areas (LGAs) until the March quarter 2020 data is released around June 2020. Please see the SALM website for further information.


Population – 36,014

Labour force – 17,450

Employed persons – 14,869

Unemployment rate – 14.8%


Population – 61,688

Labour force – 40,013

Employed persons – 38,662

Unemployment rate – 3.4%

Gascoyne-Mid West

Population – 63,078

Labour force – 32,649

Employed persons – 29,833

Unemployment rate – 8.6%


Population – 55,121

Labour force – 30,661

Employed persons – 28,963

Unemployment rate – 5.5%


Population – 73,829

Labour force – 39,873

Employed persons – 38,338

Unemployment rate – 3.8%


Population – 1,926,333

Labour force – 1,070,662

Employed persons – 1,001,921

Unemployment rate – 6.4%


Population – 139,890

Labour force – 66,527

Employed persons – 62,557

Unemployment rate – 6.0%

South West

Population – 178,406

Labour force – 101,296

Employed persons – 96,375

Unemployment rate – 4.9%

Great Southern

Population – 60,833

Labour force – 31,692

Employed persons – 30,449

Unemployment rate – 3.9%

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, 2017–2018; and the Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Small Labour Markets–Australia (March 2019 quarter). 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 Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business on a 12 month rolling average basis.


Regional labour market reviews

The Western Australian State Government is committed to ensuring that TAFE colleges deliver training that aligns with future job growth in the regions. The Department of Training and Workforce Development is undertaking an annual labour market review for each of the nine regions of Western Australia, to provide a basis for the development of region-specific lists of occupations that are difficult to fill. These lists and other findings from the regional labour market reviews guide training delivery that aligns with employment needs in each region.

The labour market reviews also aim to inform the Department, regional TAFE colleges and industry and community stakeholders on current and future labour market trends, current attraction and retention issues being experienced by employers, and education and training issues identified in each region.

The regional labour market reviews will be published here, as they become available. Further information on the reports of the regional labour market reviews, please contact us by email at

Goldfields labour market review 2017

The labour market review covered by this report relates to the Goldfields area, which for the purpose of this review incorporated the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Shires of Coolgardie, Dundas, Laverton, Leonora and Menzies. 

Great Southern and Esperance-Ravensthorpe labour market review 2018

The labour market review covered by this report relates to the Great Southern region, and Esperance. For the purpose of this review, the region incorporates the City of Albany and the Shires of Denmark, Katanning, Kojonup and Plantagenet.

Page last updated July 28, 2020