Ballina Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Ballina Shire, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 4,132 local jobs in 2022/23.

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 Shire2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1415.01.99585.32.1+183
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1920.81.11440.81.0+48
Wholesale Trade3861.73.04352.43.4-50
Retail Trade2,71411.99.42,24612.49.7+469
Accommodation and Food Services2,0779.16.51,6529.16.7+425
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5872.65.25653.15.3+21
Information Media and Telecommunications1610.72.11700.92.5-8
Financial and Insurance Services3831.75.43231.84.9+60
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3351.51.73481.91.8-13
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,3075.710.01,1596.49.5+147
Administrative and Support Services8683.83.16013.33.2+267
Public Administration and Safety1,0734.76.08304.65.5+243
Education and Training2,0389.08.31,7609.78.4+278
Health Care and Social Assistance4,13218.214.83,11717.213.1+1,015
Arts and Recreation Services3621.61.63902.21.8-28
Other Services1,1475.03.56383.53.7+509
Total industries22,730100.0100.018,093100.0100.0+4,637

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. 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 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (4,132 people or 18.2%)
  • Construction (2,814 people or 12.4%)
  • Retail Trade (2,714 people or 11.9%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 9,660 people in total or 42.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.5% in Construction and 9.4% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.7% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.7% compared to 5.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.2% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (5.0% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Ballina Shire increased by 4,637 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Construction (+1,112 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,015 local workers)
  • Other Services (+509 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+469 local workers)

Ballina Shire Council

economic profile