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Employment by industry (Census)

Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer in Cessnock City, making up 16.5% of total employment.

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

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. Cessnock City currently subscribe to the “LITE” version of economy.id, which does not feature this extended dataset. In order to directly compare worker numbers between 2011 and 2016, it is recommended that Cessnock City subscribe to the FULL version of economy.id.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Cessnock City 2016
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Number%New South Wales %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3532.42.2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services640.40.9
Wholesale Trade1300.93.1
Retail Trade1,83312.49.7
Accommodation and Food Services2,43616.57.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4553.14.7
Information Media and Telecommunications490.32.2
Financial and Insurance Services1210.85.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2071.41.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4733.28.1
Administrative and Support Services4563.13.5
Public Administration and Safety9706.65.9
Education and Training1,3849.48.3
Health Care and Social Assistance1,81212.312.5
Arts and Recreation Services2411.61.5
Other Services6364.33.7
Industry not classified5613.84.7

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

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, New South Wales: 2.2% Mining, New South Wales: 0.9% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 5.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.9% Construction, New South Wales: 8.4% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 3.1% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 9.7% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 7.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 2.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 8.1% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 5.9% Education and Training, New South Wales: 8.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 12.5% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.5% Other Services, New South Wales: 3.7% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 4.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cessnock City: 2.4% Mining, Cessnock City: 3.4% Manufacturing, Cessnock City: 8.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cessnock City: 0.4% Construction, Cessnock City: 5.8% Wholesale Trade, Cessnock City: 0.9% Retail Trade, Cessnock City: 12.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Cessnock City: 16.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cessnock City: 3.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cessnock City: 0.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Cessnock City: 0.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cessnock City: 1.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cessnock City: 3.2% Administrative and Support Services, Cessnock City: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Cessnock City: 6.6% Education and Training, Cessnock City: 9.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cessnock City: 12.3% Arts and Recreation Services, Cessnock City: 1.6% Other Services, Cessnock City: 4.3% Industry not classified, Cessnock City: 3.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,436 local workers 16.5%)
  • Retail Trade (1,833 local workers 12.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,812 local workers 12.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 6,081 people in total or 41.1% of 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 Cessnock City and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (16.5% compared to 7.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (12.4% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.2% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (0.8% compared to 5.0%)