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Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in the Canberra Region, making up 12.8% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Canberra Region 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 Canberra Region.

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
Canberra Region 20112006Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%NSW %Number%NSW %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5,4348.42.36,0979.42.8-663
Mining2240.31.01830.30.7+41
Manufacturing4,5247.08.55,1297.99.7-605
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1981.81.11,1231.71.0+75
Construction4,6917.27.34,5577.17.1+134
Wholesale Trade1,5502.44.51,7092.64.8-159
Retail Trade8,35212.810.58,90313.811.3-551
Accommodation and Food Services6,99010.86.87,01210.96.6-22
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,5543.95.02,7434.25.0-189
Information Media and Telecommunications5620.92.45750.92.4-13
Financial and Insurance Services9421.45.29871.55.2-45
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,0431.61.71,1421.81.8-99
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,7454.28.02,5253.97.5+220
Administrative and Support Services1,4512.23.31,3072.03.1+144
Public Administration and Safety5,2218.06.04,7207.36.0+501
Education and Training5,2728.18.14,8367.57.8+436
Health Care and Social Assistance7,88512.111.86,76510.510.7+1,120
Arts and Recreation Services1,4202.21.51,3112.01.4+109
Other Services2,4303.73.82,3563.63.9+74
Industry not classified5160.81.26050.91.2-89

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, NSW: 2.3% Mining, NSW: 1.0% Manufacturing, NSW: 8.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, NSW: 1.1% Construction, NSW: 7.3% Wholesale Trade, NSW: 4.5% Retail Trade, NSW: 10.5% Accommodation and Food Services, NSW: 6.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, NSW: 5.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, NSW: 2.4% Financial and Insurance Services, NSW: 5.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, NSW: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, NSW: 8.0% Administrative and Support Services, NSW: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, NSW: 6.0% Education and Training, NSW: 8.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, NSW: 11.8% Arts and Recreation Services, NSW: 1.5% Other Services, NSW: 3.8% Industry not classified, NSW: 1.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Canberra Region: 8.4% Mining, Canberra Region: 0.3% Manufacturing, Canberra Region: 7.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Canberra Region: 1.8% Construction, Canberra Region: 7.2% Wholesale Trade, Canberra Region: 2.4% Retail Trade, Canberra Region: 12.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Canberra Region: 10.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Canberra Region: 3.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, Canberra Region: 0.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Canberra Region: 1.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Canberra Region: 1.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Canberra Region: 4.2% Administrative and Support Services, Canberra Region: 2.2% Public Administration and Safety, Canberra Region: 8.0% Education and Training, Canberra Region: 8.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Canberra Region: 12.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Canberra Region: 2.2% Other Services, Canberra Region: 3.7% Industry not classified, Canberra Region: 0.8%
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, Canberra Region: -663 Mining, Canberra Region: +41 Manufacturing, Canberra Region: -605 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Canberra Region: +75 Construction, Canberra Region: +134 Wholesale Trade, Canberra Region: -159 Retail Trade, Canberra Region: -551 Accommodation and Food Services, Canberra Region: -22 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Canberra Region: -189 Information Media and Telecommunications, Canberra Region: -13 Financial and Insurance Services, Canberra Region: -45 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Canberra Region: -99 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Canberra Region: +220 Administrative and Support Services, Canberra Region: +144 Public Administration and Safety, Canberra Region: +501 Education and Training, Canberra Region: +436 Health Care and Social Assistance, Canberra Region: +1,120 Arts and Recreation Services, Canberra Region: +109 Other Services, Canberra Region: +74 Industry not classified, Canberra Region: -89
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 Canberra Region in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (8,352 local workers 12.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,885 local workers 12.1%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (6,990 local workers 10.8%)

In combination these three industries employed 23,227 people in total or 35.7% of local workers.

In comparison, NSW employed 10.5% in Retail Trade; 11.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 6.8% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.4% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.8% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.2% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.4% compared to 5.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2006 and 2011 in the Canberra Region were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,120 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-663 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-605 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-551 local workers)

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