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Use of 2016 Census data to inform on electorate level employment

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released additional results from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing. This includes information about people who work: where they work; who they work for; what type of work they do; their hours of work; and how they travel to and from work. The Census release also provides data on people who were studying or had completed a non-school qualification, those who did any unpaid work, and information on population mobility. The focus of this article is on employment.

This Census release includes industry and occupation data by various geographic regions, including Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (boundaries at August 2016). The General Community Profiles provide this information by demographic characteristics such as age and sex, while the QuickStats option via the Census portal offers a quick way to check summary statistics (for example, top five industries of employment with comparisons for the electorate, the state/territory and Australia).

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