Clarence Valley Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Clarence Valley Council area, making up 17.3% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Clarence Valley 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 Clarence Valley 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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Clarence Valley Council area20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1096.12.09946.12.2+115
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1931.11.01741.10.9+19
Wholesale Trade2791.52.92761.73.1+3
Retail Trade2,03911.19.02,02712.49.7+12
Accommodation and Food Services1,6829.26.21,5599.57.1+123
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7213.94.66634.14.7+58
Information Media and Telecommunications1050.61.91530.92.2-48
Financial and Insurance Services2031.15.32021.25.0+1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2451.31.72691.61.8-24
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5693.18.95423.38.1+27
Administrative and Support Services4842.63.24362.73.5+48
Public Administration and Safety1,90610.45.81,4108.65.9+496
Education and Training1,6649.18.71,4218.78.3+243
Health Care and Social Assistance3,15917.314.42,61116.012.5+548
Arts and Recreation Services2001.11.41921.21.5+8
Other Services7033.83.46794.23.7+24
Industry not classified7484.14.66243.84.7+124
Total persons18,302100.0100.016,347100.0100.0+1,955

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

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Clarence Valley Council area in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,159 people or 17.3%)
  • Retail Trade (2,039 people or 11.1%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (1,906 people or 10.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,104 people in total or 38.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.0% in Retail Trade and 5.8% in Public Administration and Safety.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.1% compared to 8.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (10.4% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (6.1% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Clarence Valley Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+548 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+496 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+243 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+124 local workers)

Clarence Valley Council

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