Shire of Ashburton

Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for the Shire of Ashburton in 2022/23 was 4.24, meaning that there were more jobs than resident workers. Manufacturing had the highest ratio (14.91), while the lowest ratio was found in Financial and Insurance Services (0.63).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether the Shire of Ashburton could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment capacity by industry
Shire of Ashburton2022/232017/18
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing69531.311251121.11
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services336863.904171582.64
Wholesale Trade158682.31142891.59
Retail Trade911080.841781671.07
Accommodation and Food Services7672632.911,2086111.98
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2271481.535082771.83
Information Media and Telecommunications1261.9411101.12
Financial and Insurance Services570.637140.53
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services216862.51151921.63
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services224287.951,5817482.11
Administrative and Support Services3991632.446313072.05
Public Administration and Safety1561650.942922861.02
Education and Training1992290.872762880.96
Health Care and Social Assistance1281261.022041781.15
Arts and Recreation Services37281.3321270.80
Other Services188842.242501431.75
Total industries18,3124,3194.2419,9807,9562.51

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more.

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Shire of Ashburton

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