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Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Adelaide Plains Council, making up 41.3% of total employment.

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

NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. The Adelaide Plains Council currently subscribe to the “LITE” version of, which does not feature this extended dataset. In order to directly compare worker numbers between 2011 and 2016, it is recommended that the Adelaide Plains Council subscribe to the FULL version of

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Adelaide Plains Council 2016
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Number%South Australia %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing81341.34.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services160.81.2
Wholesale Trade773.92.8
Retail Trade854.310.7
Accommodation and Food Services603.06.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1738.84.1
Information Media and Telecommunications50.31.3
Financial and Insurance Services50.32.7
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services120.61.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services613.15.5
Administrative and Support Services281.43.6
Public Administration and Safety542.77.1
Education and Training713.68.7
Health Care and Social Assistance331.714.8
Arts and Recreation Services261.31.4
Other Services582.93.9
Industry not classified1266.43.3

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, South Australia: 4.0% Mining, South Australia: 1.2% Manufacturing, South Australia: 8.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South Australia: 1.2% Construction, South Australia: 7.6% Wholesale Trade, South Australia: 2.8% Retail Trade, South Australia: 10.7% Accommodation and Food Services, South Australia: 6.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South Australia: 4.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, South Australia: 1.3% Financial and Insurance Services, South Australia: 2.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South Australia: 1.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South Australia: 5.5% Administrative and Support Services, South Australia: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, South Australia: 7.1% Education and Training, South Australia: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, South Australia: 14.8% Arts and Recreation Services, South Australia: 1.4% Other Services, South Australia: 3.9% Industry not classified, South Australia: 3.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Adelaide Plains Council: 41.3% Mining, Adelaide Plains Council: 0.3% Manufacturing, Adelaide Plains Council: 6.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Adelaide Plains Council: 0.8% Construction, Adelaide Plains Council: 7.3% Wholesale Trade, Adelaide Plains Council: 3.9% Retail Trade, Adelaide Plains Council: 4.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Adelaide Plains Council: 3.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Adelaide Plains Council: 8.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Adelaide Plains Council: 0.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Adelaide Plains Council: 0.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Adelaide Plains Council: 0.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Adelaide Plains Council: 3.1% Administrative and Support Services, Adelaide Plains Council: 1.4% Public Administration and Safety, Adelaide Plains Council: 2.7% Education and Training, Adelaide Plains Council: 3.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Adelaide Plains Council: 1.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Adelaide Plains Council: 1.3% Other Services, Adelaide Plains Council: 2.9% Industry not classified, Adelaide Plains Council: 6.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (813 local workers 41.3%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (173 local workers 8.8%)
  • Construction (143 local workers 7.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 1,129 people in total or 57.3% of local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 4.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 4.1% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and 7.6% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Adelaide Plains Council and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (41.3% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (1.7% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (4.3% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Education and Training (3.6% compared to 8.7%)