Central Coast Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In Central Coast Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 30,719 local jobs in 2022/23.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Central Coast Council area. 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 Central Coast Council area 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 Central Coast Council area'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
Central Coast Council area2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,5581.11.91,2301.02.1+328
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,4141.01.11,3701.11.0+45
Wholesale Trade2,8522.03.02,6002.13.4+252
Retail Trade15,94911.49.415,71912.59.7+230
Accommodation and Food Services11,2898.06.510,9558.76.7+334
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,8613.55.24,4483.55.3+413
Information Media and Telecommunications1,5891.12.11,8561.52.5-267
Financial and Insurance Services2,9192.15.42,5612.04.9+358
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,0121.41.72,2561.81.8-244
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,1945.110.05,9044.79.5+1,290
Administrative and Support Services4,2693.03.14,3933.53.2-124
Public Administration and Safety6,9154.96.06,0534.85.5+862
Education and Training11,5968.38.310,6408.58.4+956
Health Care and Social Assistance30,71921.914.823,64418.813.1+7,075
Arts and Recreation Services1,5961.11.62,5082.01.8-912
Other Services5,3863.83.55,4254.33.7-40
Total industries140,478100.0100.0125,747100.0100.0+14,731

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 Central Coast Council area in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (30,719 people or 21.9%)
  • Construction (18,750 people or 13.3%)
  • Retail Trade (15,949 people or 11.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 65,418 people in total or 46.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.5% in Construction and 9.4% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Central Coast Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (21.9% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.1% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (13.3% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.1% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Central Coast Council area increased by 14,731 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+7,075 local workers)
  • Construction (+5,317 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,290 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+956 local workers)

Central Coast NSW

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