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Employment by industry (Total)

In the Canberra Region, Retail Trade is the largest employer, generating 9,467 local jobs in 2015/16.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Canberra Region. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Canberra Region regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Canberra Region's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

NOTE: Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment (total) by industry
Canberra Region2015/162010/11Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%NSW%Number%NSW%2010/11 to 2015/16
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7,8149.82.37,2349.02.3+580
Mining3530.41.03160.40.9+37
Manufacturing5,3236.77.95,7217.18.5-397
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,5491.91.21,4851.81.2+64
Construction7,1108.97.67,4219.27.6-311
Wholesale Trade1,8862.44.51,9662.44.6-80
Retail Trade9,46711.910.39,86912.310.3-402
Accommodation and Food Services8,13610.27.08,40610.56.8-270
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,7564.75.13,4234.35.2+333
Information Media and Telecommunications7020.92.57180.92.5-17
Financial and Insurance Services9861.25.31,0531.35.3-67
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,1801.51.81,2841.61.8-104
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,0223.88.53,2634.18.4-241
Administrative and Support Services2,1162.73.52,1962.73.4-80
Public Administration and Safety5,7537.26.36,1567.76.3-403
Education and Training6,1487.78.26,0657.68.1+84
Health Care and Social Assistance9,36511.811.58,85811.011.3+507
Arts and Recreation Services1,7282.21.51,7152.11.5+13
Other Services3,2384.14.03,1363.94.0+102

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

Employment (total) by industry 2015/16
Employment (total) by industry 2015/16 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, NSW: 2.3% Mining, NSW: 1.0% Manufacturing, NSW: 7.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, NSW: 1.2% Construction, NSW: 7.6% Wholesale Trade, NSW: 4.5% Retail Trade, NSW: 10.3% Accommodation and Food Services, NSW: 7.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, NSW: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, NSW: 2.5% Financial and Insurance Services, NSW: 5.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, NSW: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, NSW: 8.5% Administrative and Support Services, NSW: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, NSW: 6.3% Education and Training, NSW: 8.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, NSW: 11.5% Arts and Recreation Services, NSW: 1.5% Other Services, NSW: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Canberra Region: 9.8% Mining, Canberra Region: 0.4% Manufacturing, Canberra Region: 6.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Canberra Region: 1.9% Construction, Canberra Region: 8.9% Wholesale Trade, Canberra Region: 2.4% Retail Trade, Canberra Region: 11.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Canberra Region: 10.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Canberra Region: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Canberra Region: 0.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Canberra Region: 1.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Canberra Region: 1.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Canberra Region: 3.8% Administrative and Support Services, Canberra Region: 2.7% Public Administration and Safety, Canberra Region: 7.2% Education and Training, Canberra Region: 7.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Canberra Region: 11.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Canberra Region: 2.2% Other Services, Canberra Region: 4.1%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2010/11 to 2015/16
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2010/11 to 2015/16 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Canberra Region: +580 Mining, Canberra Region: +37 Manufacturing, Canberra Region: -397 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Canberra Region: +64 Construction, Canberra Region: -311 Wholesale Trade, Canberra Region: -80 Retail Trade, Canberra Region: -402 Accommodation and Food Services, Canberra Region: -270 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Canberra Region: +333 Information Media and Telecommunications, Canberra Region: -17 Financial and Insurance Services, Canberra Region: -67 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Canberra Region: -104 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Canberra Region: -241 Administrative and Support Services, Canberra Region: -80 Public Administration and Safety, Canberra Region: -403 Education and Training, Canberra Region: +84 Health Care and Social Assistance, Canberra Region: +507 Arts and Recreation Services, Canberra Region: +13 Other Services, Canberra Region: +102
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©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 2015/16 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Retail Trade (9,467 people or 11.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (9,365 people or 11.8%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (8,136 people or 10.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 26,968 people in total or 33.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, NSW employed 10.3% in Retail Trade; 11.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 7.0% 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 (9.8% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.2% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.8% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.2% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Canberra Region decreased by 652 between 2010/11 and 2015/16.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2010/11 and 2015/16 in the Canberra Region were for those employed in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+580 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+507 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (-403 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-402 local workers)

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