Workforce Statistics and Tools

Workforce Statistics

At the time of the 2016 Census, the industries in which the largest proportion of residents of the Yorke and Mid North and Southern Flinders were employed:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (21.3%) 5,708 employed
  • Retail Trade (13.7%) 3,903 employed
  • Health and Community Services (12.1%) 3,435 employed
  • Manufacturing (10.1) 2,736 employed.

The population of the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region in June 2015 was 75,067 people (4.4 per cent of South Australia’s population).

Between June 2012 and June 2015 the population of the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region increased by 0.5 per cent (398 people).  Over the same time period, the population of the South Australia region increased by 2.6 per cent.

Age and gender data

Compared to the South Australia region, the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region has higher shares of people aged 0 to 14 years, lower shares of people aged 15 to 44 years and higher shares of people aged 45 and older.  In addition, 50.3 per cent of the population in the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region were male compared to 49.5 per cent in the South Australia region.

Unemployment statistics and occupation groups

According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), in the December quarter 2016 there were 2,190 unemployed people in the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region, with an estimated unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent. As counted at the 2011 Population Census, the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region had large proportions of residents employed as Managers and Labourers and Technicians & Trades Workers while the largest occupation groups in the South Australia region were Professionals and Clerical & Administrative Workers.

Educational achievement levels

Residents of the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region have lower levels of school achievement compared to the South Australia region. In the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region, 36.2 per cent of the population aged 15 to 64 years have completed year 12 (or equivalent), compared to 54.2 per cent in the South Australia region. There is a recognised connection between disadvantage in the work force and educational achievement; unemployment rates are often higher for those people with lower levels of qualifications, or without qualifications.

Training attendance

There were 5,844 people in the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region attending vocational education and training (VET) in 2015 (5.3 per cent of VET students in the South Australia region), and 109,520 people in the South Australia region.  Included in the student population were students with a disability (11.8 per cent in the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region and 10.0 per cent in the South Australia region) and Indigenous students (3.7 per cent in the Yorke & Mid North (State Govt) region and 3.7 per cent in the South Australia region).