Blacktown City

Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in Blacktown City, making up 12.2% of total employment.

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

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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Blacktown City in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Blacktown City20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3520.32.23430.42.2+9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,3842.30.92,5772.81.1-193
Wholesale Trade6,8276.53.17,8048.54.5-977
Retail Trade12,88912.29.711,59112.610.4+1,298
Accommodation and Food Services5,7355.47.14,8565.36.7+879
Transport, Postal and Warehousing10,98110.44.78,7109.45.0+2,271
Information Media and Telecommunications8520.82.25580.62.3+294
Financial and Insurance Services1,2081.15.01,0631.25.1+145
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3341.31.81,1411.21.6+193
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,1233.08.12,4552.77.9+668
Administrative and Support Services3,1193.03.52,4162.63.3+703
Public Administration and Safety4,6434.45.93,8364.25.9+807
Education and Training9,2978.88.37,9798.67.9+1,318
Health Care and Social Assistance10,58110.012.58,6119.311.6+1,970
Arts and Recreation Services9450.91.57870.91.5+158
Other Services4,0653.93.73,7254.03.8+340
Industry not classified6,6936.44.72,7062.92.5+3,987
Total persons105,347100.0100.092,337100.0100.0+13,010

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Blacktown City in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (12,889 people or 12.2%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (10,981 people or 10.4%)
  • Manufacturing (10,756 people or 10.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 34,626 people in total or 32.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.7% in Retail Trade; 4.7% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 5.9% in Manufacturing.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (10.4% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.0% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (10.2% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Blacktown City were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+3,987 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-3,519 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,583 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+2,271 local workers)

Blacktown City Council

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