Armidale Regional Council

Employment by industry (Census)

Education and Training is the largest employer in Armidale Regional Council, making up 21.2% of total employment.

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

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Armidale Regional Council20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,3419.82.01,31910.12.2+22
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services840.61.0950.70.9-11
Wholesale Trade1951.42.92131.63.1-18
Retail Trade1,2749.39.01,48111.39.7-207
Accommodation and Food Services1,0257.56.21,0417.97.1-16
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2982.24.62872.24.7+11
Information Media and Telecommunications1200.91.91140.92.2+6
Financial and Insurance Services2441.85.32942.25.0-50
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1391.01.71361.01.8+3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6674.98.96945.38.1-27
Administrative and Support Services3732.73.23632.83.5+10
Public Administration and Safety7805.75.86665.15.9+114
Education and Training2,91421.28.72,68720.58.3+227
Health Care and Social Assistance2,09415.214.41,86514.212.5+229
Arts and Recreation Services1361.01.4920.71.5+44
Other Services4523.33.44283.33.7+24
Industry not classified3972.94.63662.84.7+31
Total persons13,738100.0100.013,106100.0100.0+632

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Armidale Regional Council in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Education and Training (2,914 people or 21.2%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,094 people or 15.2%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,341 people or 9.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 6,349 people in total or 46.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 8.7% in Education and Training; 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 2.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Armidale Regional Council and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (21.2% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (9.8% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.9% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.8% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Armidale Regional Council were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+229 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+227 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-207 local workers)
  • Construction (+139 local workers)

Armidale Regional Council

economic profile