FACTBase Bulletin 10 - Perth's Most Competitive Sectors

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​The Bulletin examines the competitiveness of Perth's employment sectors between the 1996 and 2006 censuses.

Key Findings
  • Between 1996 and 2006, the Perth labour force grew 25.2 percent compared to a national average of just 19.2 percent.
  • Employment growth by sector shows the strongest growth in the mining sector, followed by construction, and other considerable growth in public administration, health care and social assistance, and retailing.
  • Perth’s most competitive industry is mining, however other industries are also highly competitive, such as manufacturing and public administration.
  • Poor and modest industry performers include agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and information technology, as well as the arts and recreation industry.
  • According to the shift-share analysis on a national scale, Perth’s level of local competitiveness is relatively high. On a sectoral level, Perth is over-reliant on the mining industry and lags behind other Australian cities in the services sectors.
Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.