Ballina Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Ballina Shire, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 2,843 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Ballina Shire. 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 Ballina Shire 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 Ballina Shire'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.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Ballina Shire2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,0365.82.19075.62.3+129
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2161.21.01561.01.1+60
Wholesale Trade3341.93.63832.44.0-50
Retail Trade2,63714.710.32,18713.410.1+450
Accommodation and Food Services1,6449.17.01,5529.57.1+92
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6053.45.05333.35.1+73
Information Media and Telecommunications1270.72.31661.02.4-39
Financial and Insurance Services3101.75.13041.95.1+6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3361.91.62901.81.8+46
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9565.39.18965.58.3+60
Administrative and Support Services5473.03.35023.13.5+45
Public Administration and Safety8544.76.08115.05.9+43
Education and Training1,6949.48.51,66810.28.5+27
Health Care and Social Assistance2,84315.812.42,64316.212.1+200
Arts and Recreation Services4422.51.62531.61.7+189
Other Services5773.23.96303.93.9-53
Total industries17,983100.0100.016,300100.0100.0+1,683

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. 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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Dominant groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,843 people or 15.8%)
  • Retail Trade (2,637 people or 14.7%)
  • Construction (1,718 people or 9.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,198 people in total or 40.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Retail Trade and 9.4% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (14.7% compared to 10.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.3% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (5.8% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (15.8% compared to 12.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Ballina Shire increased by increased by 1,683 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Retail Trade (+450 local workers)
  • Construction (+328 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+200 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+189 local workers)

Ballina Shire Council

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