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Employment by industry (Total)

In Broken Hill City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 1,322 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Broken Hill City. 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 Broken Hill City 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 Broken Hill City'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
Broken Hill City2019/202012/13Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2012/13 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1141.52.1821.12.3+31
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1702.31.11882.51.1-18
Wholesale Trade1261.73.51612.14.2-35
Retail Trade84211.39.799913.110.1-157
Accommodation and Food Services6528.86.97569.97.1-104
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3004.05.22573.45.2+42
Information Media and Telecommunications851.12.2911.22.6-7
Financial and Insurance Services961.35.21021.35.1-6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services580.81.7791.01.8-22
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1522.09.71782.38.3-26
Administrative and Support Services2803.83.32393.13.5+41
Public Administration and Safety6358.66.05677.46.0+68
Education and Training6048.17.96428.48.2-38
Health Care and Social Assistance1,32217.813.01,29016.911.8+32
Arts and Recreation Services1131.51.6771.01.7+36
Other Services3184.33.63204.23.9-1
Total industries7,425100.0100.07,639100.0100.0-214

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 Broken Hill City in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,322 people or 17.8%)
  • Mining (984 people or 13.3%)
  • Retail Trade (842 people or 11.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,148 people in total or 42.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 0.9% in Mining and 9.7% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (13.3% compared to 0.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.0% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.7% compared to 6.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.8% compared to 13.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Broken Hill City increased by decreased by -214 between 2012/13 and 2019/20.

  • Mining (+206 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+68 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+42 local workers)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+41 local workers)

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