Labour Force

Kimberley’s labour force (total number of people employed and unemployed) has exhibited long-term growth increasing from 13,744 in 1995-96 to 18,019 in September 2011

The number of employed persons in the Kimberley in September 2011 was 16,841, unemployment was 1,178.

Kimberley’s unemployment rate has consistently been higher than the State’s unemployment rate since 1996-97. The unemployed rate was 6.5% in September 2011, well above the state rate of 5.1%.

According to the 2006 Census, the key service sector industries in terms of employment were: Health Care and Social Assistance 15.0%, Public Administration & Safety 13.5%, Education & Training 8.9% and Retail Trade 8.6%. The mining, manufacturing and agricultural sectors totalled 4.3%, 3.3% and5.2%.

Tourism Western Australia estimated visitors to the Kimberley Region totalled 315,000 in 2001, fluctuating to 291,000 in 2009. Domestic visitors accounted for 246,000 persons and international tourists were 45,000 in 2009. In 2001 the total value of tourism expenditure was $223 million, to a record $276 million in 2009.

The Kimberley Region had an estimated mean taxable income of $55,440 for 2007-08 with an average growth rate over 10 years of 5.7%, per year. The Shire of Wyndham/East Kimberley had the highest estimated mean taxable income of $61,941 for the region.