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
|Employment (Census) by industry sector|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Regional NSW %|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||4,761||6.8||5.9||25000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||1,031||1.5||1.3||28000||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||7,254||10.4||8.6||32000||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||2,557||3.7||3.8||33000||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||578||0.8||0.8||34000||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||708||1.0||2.0||35000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||1,173||1.7||1.4||36000||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||2,991||4.3||4.4||37000||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||1,932||2.8||2.9||38000||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||5,210||7.5||6.6||39000||P|
|Education and Training||5,474||7.8||9.3||40000||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||9,204||13.2||15.1||41000||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||1,649||2.4||1.2||42000||P|
|Industry not classified||2,897||4.1||3.8||44000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
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, Regional NSW employed 15.1% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 11.0% in Retail Trade; and 8.6% in Accommodation and Food Services.
The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Canberra Region and Regional NSW were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.4% compared to 8.6%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (8.6% compared to 7.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (13.2% compared to 15.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.5% compared to 2.4%)