Broken Hill City

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Broken Hill City, making up 22.8% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Broken Hill 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 Broken Hill 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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Broken Hill City20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing440.62.01251.82.2-81
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1241.71.01392.00.9-15
Wholesale Trade1542.22.91271.93.1+27
Retail Trade78411.09.082512.09.7-41
Accommodation and Food Services6108.66.26669.77.1-56
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2623.74.62473.64.7+15
Information Media and Telecommunications460.61.9701.02.2-24
Financial and Insurance Services670.95.3861.35.0-19
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services560.81.7610.91.8-5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1211.78.91342.08.1-13
Administrative and Support Services2123.03.21922.83.5+20
Public Administration and Safety4646.55.84917.25.9-27
Education and Training6018.48.75878.68.3+14
Health Care and Social Assistance1,62622.814.41,31019.112.5+316
Arts and Recreation Services841.21.4610.91.5+23
Other Services2884.03.42914.23.7-3
Industry not classified2373.34.62403.54.7-3
Total persons7,121100.0100.06,857100.0100.0+264

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Broken Hill City in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,626 people or 22.8%)
  • Mining (807 people or 11.3%)
  • Retail Trade (784 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,217 people in total or 45.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 0.9% in Mining and 9.0% 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 (11.3% compared to 0.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (22.8% compared to 14.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.7% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (0.9% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Broken Hill City were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+316 local workers)
  • Construction (+86 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-81 local workers)
  • Mining (+59 local workers)

Broken Hill City

economic profile