Bellingen Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Bellingen Shire, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 753 local jobs in 2022/23.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Bellingen 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 Bellingen 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 Bellingen 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
Bellingen Shire2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3798.11.93949.12.1-15
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services210.51.1210.51.0+0
Wholesale Trade481.03.0651.53.4-17
Retail Trade4138.99.44299.99.7-16
Accommodation and Food Services52911.36.54279.86.7+103
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1463.15.21393.25.3+7
Information Media and Telecommunications310.72.1270.62.5+4
Financial and Insurance Services441.05.4390.94.9+5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services571.21.7571.31.8+1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2585.510.02365.49.5+22
Administrative and Support Services1894.13.11483.43.2+41
Public Administration and Safety2174.76.01924.45.5+25
Education and Training50610.98.343310.08.4+73
Health Care and Social Assistance75316.214.864414.813.1+109
Arts and Recreation Services761.61.6811.91.8-5
Other Services1653.53.51713.93.7-7
Total industries4,662100.0100.04,339100.0100.0+323

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 Bellingen Shire in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (753 people or 16.2%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (529 people or 11.3%)
  • Construction (513 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 1,795 people in total or 38.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 6.5% in Accommodation and Food Services and 9.5% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.1% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (11.3% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.5% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.0% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Bellingen Shire increased by 323 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+109 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+103 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+73 local workers)
  • Construction (+58 local workers)

Bellingen Shire

economic profile