Blue Mountains City

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Blue Mountains City, making up 17.3% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Blue Mountains 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 Blue Mountains 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, Blue Mountains 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
Blue Mountains City20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2221.22.21831.02.2+39
Mining190.10.950.01.0+14
Manufacturing4042.25.95463.18.5-142
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services990.50.91010.61.1-2
Construction1,2086.58.41,1886.77.3+20
Wholesale Trade2311.33.13321.94.5-101
Retail Trade2,03111.09.72,29412.910.4-263
Accommodation and Food Services2,51413.67.12,13312.06.7+381
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5533.04.76333.65.0-80
Information Media and Telecommunications2351.32.22531.42.3-18
Financial and Insurance Services2771.55.02881.65.1-11
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4352.41.83181.81.6+117
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,1716.38.11,1806.67.9-9
Administrative and Support Services5573.03.55062.83.3+51
Public Administration and Safety1,2536.85.91,1336.45.9+120
Education and Training2,16611.78.32,07211.77.9+94
Health Care and Social Assistance3,19317.312.53,03717.111.6+156
Arts and Recreation Services5012.71.54242.41.5+77
Other Services7404.03.77864.43.8-46
Industry not classified6483.54.73482.02.5+300
Total persons18,457100.0100.017,773100.0100.0+684

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 Blue Mountains City in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,193 people or 17.3%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,514 people or 13.6%)
  • Education and Training (2,166 people or 11.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,873 people in total or 42.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 7.1% in Accommodation and Food Services and 8.3% in Education and Training.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (13.6% compared to 7.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.3% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (2.2% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.5% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Accommodation and Food Services (+381 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+300 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-263 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+156 local workers)

Blue Mountains City Council

economic profile