Byron Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer in Byron Shire, making up 14.6% of total employment.

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

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, Byron Shire 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
Byron Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5103.92.24423.82.2+68
Mining130.10.9320.31.0-19
Manufacturing6645.15.98317.18.5-167
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services820.60.9900.81.1-8
Construction9197.18.48016.87.3+118
Wholesale Trade3172.43.15044.34.5-187
Retail Trade1,59612.39.71,61713.810.4-21
Accommodation and Food Services1,88714.67.11,73114.76.7+156
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3853.04.73172.75.0+68
Information Media and Telecommunications1531.22.21841.62.3-31
Financial and Insurance Services1921.55.01831.65.1+9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3072.41.83002.61.6+7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8736.78.17346.37.9+139
Administrative and Support Services5254.13.54173.63.3+108
Public Administration and Safety4033.15.93673.15.9+36
Education and Training1,1208.68.39398.07.9+181
Health Care and Social Assistance1,44411.112.51,17010.011.6+274
Arts and Recreation Services3162.41.52652.31.5+51
Other Services4793.73.74734.03.8+6
Industry not classified7726.04.73402.92.5+432
Total persons12,957100.0100.011,739100.0100.0+1,218

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

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

  • Accommodation and Food Services (1,887 people or 14.6%)
  • Retail Trade (1,596 people or 12.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,444 people or 11.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,927 people in total or 38.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 7.1% in Accommodation and Food Services; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (14.6% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.5% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.1% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (12.3% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Industry not classified (+432 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+274 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-187 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+181 local workers)

Byron Shire

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