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Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Adelaide, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 25,972 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of Adelaide. 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 Adelaide 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 Adelaide'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
City of Adelaide2018/192013/14Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%South Australia%Number%South Australia%2013/14 to 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1450.14.01630.14.3-18
Mining1,5641.11.32,2191.61.7-655
Manufacturing1,2340.98.51,3901.09.5-156
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,6561.81.42,9712.21.5-314
Construction7,3645.18.67,7505.78.2-387
Wholesale Trade1,6611.23.11,9141.43.3-253
Retail Trade7,3765.111.06,9385.110.8+438
Accommodation and Food Services10,7367.46.78,9106.66.4+1,826
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,9452.04.52,5811.94.5+365
Information Media and Telecommunications5,1893.61.46,1154.51.7-926
Financial and Insurance Services12,3168.52.911,1938.22.9+1,123
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,0001.41.22,2481.71.4-248
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services18,98713.25.917,27512.75.6+1,712
Administrative and Support Services4,9613.43.54,7023.53.5+259
Public Administration and Safety25,97218.07.323,11417.07.0+2,858
Education and Training12,1328.48.610,9468.18.3+1,186
Health Care and Social Assistance20,76114.414.519,25114.214.0+1,511
Arts and Recreation Services3,4312.41.43,3072.41.5+124
Other Services2,9522.04.12,8312.14.0+122

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more

Employment (total) by industry 2018/19
Employment (total) by industry 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, South Australia: 4.0% Mining, South Australia: 1.3% Manufacturing, South Australia: 8.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South Australia: 1.4% Construction, South Australia: 8.6% Wholesale Trade, South Australia: 3.1% Retail Trade, South Australia: 11.0% Accommodation and Food Services, South Australia: 6.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South Australia: 4.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, South Australia: 1.4% Financial and Insurance Services, South Australia: 2.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South Australia: 1.2% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South Australia: 5.9% Administrative and Support Services, South Australia: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, South Australia: 7.3% Education and Training, South Australia: 8.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, South Australia: 14.5% Arts and Recreation Services, South Australia: 1.4% Other Services, South Australia: 4.1% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Mining, City of Adelaide: 1.1% Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: 0.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: 1.8% Construction, City of Adelaide: 5.1% Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: 5.1% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: 7.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: 2.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: 3.6% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: 8.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: 13.2% Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: 3.4% Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: 18.0% Education and Training, City of Adelaide: 8.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: 14.4% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: 2.4% Other Services, City of Adelaide: 2.0%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: -18 Mining, City of Adelaide: -655 Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: -156 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: -314 Construction, City of Adelaide: -387 Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: -253 Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: +438 Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: +1,826 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: +365 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: -926 Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: +1,123 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: -248 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: +1,712 Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: +259 Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: +2,858 Education and Training, City of Adelaide: +1,186 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: +1,511 Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: +124 Other Services, City of Adelaide: +122
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in City of Adelaide in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (25,972 people or 18.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (20,761 people or 14.4%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (18,987 people or 13.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 65,720 people in total or 45.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 7.3% in Public Administration and Safety; 14.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 5.9% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (18.0% compared to 7.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (13.2% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (0.9% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (5.1% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Adelaide increased by 8,566 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:

  • Public Administration and Safety (+2,858 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+1,826 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,712 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,511 local workers)

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