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Employment by industry (Census)

Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer in the City of Adelaide, making up 18.0% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in City of Adelaide regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the City of Adelaide.

NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by at at least 20% due to poor recording of workplace addresses, and large numbers of workers who don’t answer the relevant question, or have no usual workplace address. While this data shows the underlying structure of the economy and relative proportions of different industries, it should not be used as an accurate measure of local jobs. Census employment data should be viewed alongside modelled Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (FTE) data which resolves the undercount issue and is a more accurate and up to date reflection of total job numbers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Adelaide 20112006Change
Industry
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Number%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1060.10.81940.21.0-88
Mining1,4201.30.61,1531.20.4+267
Manufacturing1,1431.010.71,3761.413.4-233
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,2692.11.51,0631.11.1+1,206
Construction1,9631.85.72,2252.34.9-262
Wholesale Trade1,5721.43.81,5471.64.2+25
Retail Trade6,4955.911.97,5477.712.5-1,052
Accommodation and Food Services7,5116.96.26,8627.05.8+649
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,8311.74.02,0302.14.0-199
Information Media and Telecommunications4,4574.11.74,1624.21.9+295
Financial and Insurance Services9,7518.93.79,5219.74.0+230
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,8441.71.51,7241.71.6+120
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services14,53013.36.711,94112.16.5+2,589
Administrative and Support Services3,5773.33.13,6223.73.0-45
Public Administration and Safety19,72918.08.216,85117.17.5+2,878
Education and Training8,9478.28.77,0617.28.2+1,886
Health Care and Social Assistance16,94115.514.914,52114.713.8+2,420
Arts and Recreation Services2,3122.11.42,2132.21.3+99
Other Services2,2972.14.02,3972.44.1-100
Industry not classified7050.60.85320.50.8+173

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Greater Adelaide: 0.8% Mining, Greater Adelaide: 0.6% Manufacturing, Greater Adelaide: 10.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Greater Adelaide: 1.5% Construction, Greater Adelaide: 5.7% Wholesale Trade, Greater Adelaide: 3.8% Retail Trade, Greater Adelaide: 11.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Greater Adelaide: 6.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Greater Adelaide: 4.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Greater Adelaide: 3.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Greater Adelaide: 1.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Greater Adelaide: 6.7% Administrative and Support Services, Greater Adelaide: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Greater Adelaide: 8.2% Education and Training, Greater Adelaide: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Greater Adelaide: 14.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Greater Adelaide: 1.4% Other Services, Greater Adelaide: 4.0% Industry not classified, Greater Adelaide: 0.8% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Mining, City of Adelaide: 1.3% Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: 1.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Construction, City of Adelaide: 1.8% Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: 5.9% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: 6.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: 1.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: 4.1% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: 8.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: 13.3% Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: 18.0% Education and Training, City of Adelaide: 8.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: 15.5% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Other Services, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Industry not classified, City of Adelaide: 0.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: -88 Mining, City of Adelaide: +267 Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: -233 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: +1,206 Construction, City of Adelaide: -262 Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: +25 Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: -1,052 Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: +649 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: -199 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: +295 Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: +230 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: +120 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: +2,589 Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: -45 Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: +2,878 Education and Training, City of Adelaide: +1,886 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: +2,420 Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: +99 Other Services, City of Adelaide: -100 Industry not classified, City of Adelaide: +173
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local female in City of Adelaide in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (19,729 local workers 18.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (16,941 local workers 15.5%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (14,530 local workers 13.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 51,200 people in total or 46.8% of local workers.

In comparison, Greater Adelaide employed 8.2% in Public Administration and Safety; 14.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 6.7% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (18.0% compared to 8.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (13.3% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (1.0% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (5.9% compared to 11.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2006 and 2011 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:

  • Public Administration and Safety (+2,878 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+2,589 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,420 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,886 local workers)

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