Byron Shire

Resident workers - Industry

Total industries employs more of Byron Shire's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which Byron Shire residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in Byron Shire, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in Byron Shire are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current benchmark:
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Resident workers industry of employment
Byron Shire - Persons 20212016Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5603.32.05133.82.1+47
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services880.51.0710.50.9+17
Wholesale Trade2751.62.82842.13.1-9
Retail Trade1,6359.89.01,38110.29.7+254
Accommodation and Food Services2,18513.16.21,61811.97.1+567
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3562.14.63652.74.7-9
Information Media and Telecommunications3091.81.82051.52.2+104
Financial and Insurance Services2641.65.31891.44.9+75
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3241.91.72782.11.8+46
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,4818.98.99627.18.1+519
Administrative and Support Services6784.13.26334.73.5+45
Public Administration and Safety4802.96.14333.26.0+47
Education and Training1,4768.88.71,3199.78.4+157
Health Care and Social Assistance2,36014.114.41,91614.112.5+444
Arts and Recreation Services4182.51.43442.51.5+74
Other Services5473.33.44653.43.7+82
Industry not classified1,0696.44.68346.24.7+235
Total Persons16,718100.0100.013,563100.0100.0+3,155

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

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in Byron Shire in 2021shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,360 people or 14.1%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,185 people or 13.1%)
  • Retail Trade (1,635 people or 9.8%)

In combination these three industries employed 6,180 people in total or 37.0% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 6.2% in Accommodation and Food Services and 9.0% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services (13.1% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.6% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Public Administration and Safety (2.9% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing (2.1% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2016 and 2021 in Byron Shire were for those employed in:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (+567 resident workforce)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+519 resident workforce)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+444 resident workforce)
  • Construction (+353 resident workforce)

Byron Shire

economic profile