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Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Alexandrina Council, making up 14.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Alexandrina 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 Alexandrina 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. Alexandrina 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 Alexandrina Council subscribe to the FULL version of

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Alexandrina Council 2016
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%South Australia %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing90413.84.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services651.01.2
Wholesale Trade1271.92.8
Retail Trade65810.110.7
Accommodation and Food Services5909.06.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2203.44.1
Information Media and Telecommunications250.41.3
Financial and Insurance Services781.22.7
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services931.41.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2303.55.5
Administrative and Support Services1432.23.6
Public Administration and Safety2333.67.1
Education and Training5308.18.7
Health Care and Social Assistance94014.414.8
Arts and Recreation Services1021.61.4
Other Services2624.03.9
Industry not classified2473.83.3

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, Alexandrina Council: 13.8% Mining, Alexandrina Council: 0.8% Manufacturing, Alexandrina Council: 8.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Alexandrina Council: 1.0% Construction, Alexandrina Council: 7.9% Wholesale Trade, Alexandrina Council: 1.9% Retail Trade, Alexandrina Council: 10.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Alexandrina Council: 9.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Alexandrina Council: 3.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Alexandrina Council: 0.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Alexandrina Council: 1.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Alexandrina Council: 1.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Alexandrina Council: 3.5% Administrative and Support Services, Alexandrina Council: 2.2% Public Administration and Safety, Alexandrina Council: 3.6% Education and Training, Alexandrina Council: 8.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Alexandrina Council: 14.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Alexandrina Council: 1.6% Other Services, Alexandrina Council: 4.0% Industry not classified, Alexandrina Council: 3.8%
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 Alexandrina Council in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (940 local workers 14.4%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (904 local workers 13.8%)
  • Retail Trade (658 local workers 10.1%)

In combination these three industries employed 2,502 people in total or 38.2% of local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 4.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 10.7% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (13.8% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (9.0% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.6% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.5% compared to 5.5%)