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 the City of 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 the City 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.
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|Employment (total) by industry|
|City of Adelaide||2019/20||2001/02||Change|
|Industry||Number||%||South Australia||Number||%||South Australia||2001/02 - 2019/20|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||130||0.1||3.8||318||0.3||5.9||-189|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||2,739||1.9||1.4||979||1.0||1.0||+1,760|
|Accommodation and Food Services||9,924||7.0||6.3||7,510||7.4||6.2||+2,415|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||2,989||2.1||4.6||2,428||2.4||4.1||+561|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||6,544||4.6||1.7||5,272||5.2||1.8||+1,272|
|Financial and Insurance Services||11,281||7.9||2.7||10,430||10.2||3.3||+852|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||2,256||1.6||1.3||1,710||1.7||1.4||+547|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||20,802||14.6||6.5||12,521||12.3||5.2||+8,281|
|Administrative and Support Services||5,287||3.7||3.8||4,795||4.7||3.7||+492|
|Public Administration and Safety||23,644||16.6||6.7||13,997||13.7||5.4||+9,646|
|Education and Training||12,643||8.9||8.3||6,672||6.5||7.5||+5,971|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||19,922||14.0||14.5||15,346||15.0||12.7||+4,576|
|Arts and Recreation Services||3,377||2.4||1.5||2,890||2.8||1.4||+487|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn morePlease refer to specific data notes for more information
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Adelaide in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:
- Public Administration and Safety (23,644 people or 16.6%)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (20,802 people or 14.6%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (19,922 people or 14.0%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 64,368 people in total or 45.1% of the local workers.
In comparison, South Australia employed 6.7% in Public Administration and Safety; 6.5% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 14.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance.
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 the field of Public Administration and Safety (16.6% compared to 6.7%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.0% compared to 9.5%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (14.6% compared to 6.5%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (4.9% compared to 10.2%)
The number of local workers in the City of Adelaide increased by increased by 40,579 between 2001/02 and 2019/20.
- Public Administration and Safety (+9,646 local workers)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+8,281 local workers)
- Education and Training (+5,971 local workers)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+4,576 local workers)