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Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Canberra Region, making up 13.2% 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 2016 – by place of work

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Canberra Region 2016
Industry
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Number%NSW %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4,7616.82.2
Mining3450.50.9
Manufacturing4,1065.95.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0311.50.9
Construction6,0218.68.4
Wholesale Trade1,3271.93.1
Retail Trade7,72511.19.7
Accommodation and Food Services7,25410.47.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,5573.74.7
Information Media and Telecommunications5780.82.2
Financial and Insurance Services7081.05.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,1731.71.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,9914.38.1
Administrative and Support Services1,9322.83.5
Public Administration and Safety5,2107.55.9
Education and Training5,4747.88.3
Health Care and Social Assistance9,20413.212.5
Arts and Recreation Services1,6492.41.5
Other Services2,7604.03.7
Industry not classified2,8974.14.7

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, NSW: 2.2% Mining, NSW: 0.9% Manufacturing, NSW: 5.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, NSW: 0.9% Construction, NSW: 8.4% Wholesale Trade, NSW: 3.1% Retail Trade, NSW: 9.7% Accommodation and Food Services, NSW: 7.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, NSW: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, NSW: 2.2% Financial and Insurance Services, NSW: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, NSW: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, NSW: 8.1% Administrative and Support Services, NSW: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, NSW: 5.9% Education and Training, NSW: 8.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, NSW: 12.5% Arts and Recreation Services, NSW: 1.5% Other Services, NSW: 3.7% Industry not classified, NSW: 4.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Canberra Region: 6.8% Mining, Canberra Region: 0.5% Manufacturing, Canberra Region: 5.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Canberra Region: 1.5% Construction, Canberra Region: 8.6% Wholesale Trade, Canberra Region: 1.9% Retail Trade, Canberra Region: 11.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Canberra Region: 10.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Canberra Region: 3.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Canberra Region: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Canberra Region: 1.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Canberra Region: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Canberra Region: 4.3% Administrative and Support Services, Canberra Region: 2.8% Public Administration and Safety, Canberra Region: 7.5% Education and Training, Canberra Region: 7.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, Canberra Region: 13.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Canberra Region: 2.4% Other Services, Canberra Region: 4.0% Industry not classified, Canberra Region: 4.1%
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 Canberra Region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (9,204 local workers 13.2%)
  • Retail Trade (7,725 local workers 11.1%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (7,254 local workers 10.4%)

In combination these three industries employed 24,183 people in total or 34.6% of local workers.

In comparison, NSW employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Retail Trade; and 7.1% 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 (6.8% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.4% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.0% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.3% compared to 8.1%)

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