Number of hours worked
Going against the trend for other shires within the Pilbara, which have been consistently falling, the percentage of people working a 40 hour week grew during the ten year period to 2006. This was mainly driven by a fall in the number of females working part-time hours increasing the proportion working 40 hours or more a week. The proportion of people working 49+ hours grew consistently over the same period.
A large proportion of males in Port Hedland(T) worked 49+ hours, and this proportion grew from 1996 to 2006. The number of females working in Port Hedland(T) fell in general, with those working 35 to 39 hours, 40 hours and 49+ hours showing stable numbers or rising from 2001.
The number of people working more than 40 hours
The numbers of people working more than 40hrs each week has increased moderately in comparison to the other shires in the Pilbara.
Interestingly, Port Hedland(T) was the only LGA within the Pilbara region to indicate a decrease in the level of hours worked in the mining industry from 2001 to 2006 Census periods in the 49+ hour category.