Central Coast Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Central Coast Council area, making up 18.0% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Central Coast Council area 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 the Central Coast Council area.

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, the Central Coast Council area 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
Central Coast Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9530.92.28050.82.2+148
Mining5090.50.94600.51.0+49
Manufacturing7,2186.95.98,9629.28.5-1,744
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1301.10.91,2591.31.1-129
Construction8,6428.38.46,5366.77.3+2,106
Wholesale Trade2,0542.03.12,7722.84.5-718
Retail Trade13,56313.09.714,47314.810.4-910
Accommodation and Food Services9,9109.57.18,8079.06.7+1,103
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,1873.04.72,9823.15.0+205
Information Media and Telecommunications1,3551.32.21,2811.32.3+74
Financial and Insurance Services2,3782.35.02,1112.25.1+267
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,0161.91.81,7721.81.6+244
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,7524.58.14,5534.77.9+199
Administrative and Support Services3,1883.03.52,9023.03.3+286
Public Administration and Safety5,7795.55.95,7855.95.9-6
Education and Training8,8788.58.38,0818.37.9+797
Health Care and Social Assistance18,86818.012.516,44216.811.6+2,426
Arts and Recreation Services1,5211.51.51,4241.51.5+97
Other Services4,5474.33.74,0824.23.8+465
Industry not classified4,2724.14.72,1172.22.5+2,155
Total persons104,720100.0100.097,606100.0100.0+7,114

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 the Central Coast Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (18,868 people or 18.0%)
  • Retail Trade (13,563 people or 13.0%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (9,910 people or 9.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 42,341 people in total or 40.4% of the local workers.

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

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the 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 (18.0% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.5% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (13.0% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.3% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Central Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,426 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+2,155 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,106 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-1,744 local workers)

Central Coast NSW

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