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Employment by industry (Census)

Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer in the City of Adelaide, making up 17.7% 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 2016 – by place of work

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Adelaide 2016
Industry
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Number%Greater Adelaide %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1620.11.1
Mining1,2291.00.6
Manufacturing1,0620.97.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,9851.71.3
Construction3,4863.06.2
Wholesale Trade1,4261.23.0
Retail Trade6,5085.511.2
Accommodation and Food Services9,3578.06.9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,8331.64.2
Information Media and Telecommunications4,0043.41.5
Financial and Insurance Services9,6508.23.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,9181.61.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services14,50012.36.5
Administrative and Support Services3,7393.23.2
Public Administration and Safety20,79517.78.0
Education and Training10,2218.79.2
Health Care and Social Assistance18,10115.415.9
Arts and Recreation Services2,7072.31.5
Other Services2,4572.14.0
Industry not classified2,4982.13.2

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Greater Adelaide: 1.1% Mining, Greater Adelaide: 0.6% Manufacturing, Greater Adelaide: 7.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Greater Adelaide: 1.3% Construction, Greater Adelaide: 6.2% Wholesale Trade, Greater Adelaide: 3.0% Retail Trade, Greater Adelaide: 11.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Greater Adelaide: 6.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Greater Adelaide: 4.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Greater Adelaide: 1.5% Financial and Insurance Services, Greater Adelaide: 3.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Greater Adelaide: 1.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Greater Adelaide: 6.5% Administrative and Support Services, Greater Adelaide: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, Greater Adelaide: 8.0% Education and Training, Greater Adelaide: 9.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Greater Adelaide: 15.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Greater Adelaide: 1.5% Other Services, Greater Adelaide: 4.0% Industry not classified, Greater Adelaide: 3.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Mining, City of Adelaide: 1.0% Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: 0.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: 1.7% Construction, City of Adelaide: 3.0% Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: 5.5% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: 8.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: 1.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: 3.4% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: 8.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: 1.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: 12.3% Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: 17.7% Education and Training, City of Adelaide: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: 15.4% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: 2.3% Other Services, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Industry not classified, City of Adelaide: 2.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in City of Adelaide in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (20,795 local workers 17.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (18,101 local workers 15.4%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (14,500 local workers 12.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 53,396 people in total or 45.4% of local workers.

In comparison, Greater Adelaide employed 8.0% in Public Administration and Safety; 15.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 6.5% 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 (17.7% compared to 8.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (12.3% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (0.9% compared to 7.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (5.5% compared to 11.2%)

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