Coffs Harbour City

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Coffs Harbour City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 4,334 FTE jobs in 2020/21.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in Coffs Harbour City.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Coffs Harbour City'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.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Coffs Harbour City2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1924.82.61,6396.42.8-447
Mining1270.51.3900.41.3+37
Manufacturing9233.77.11,3095.17.7-386
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2621.11.22250.91.2+38
Construction3,60114.59.82,61510.29.6+986
Wholesale Trade4711.93.36402.53.8-169
Retail Trade2,64810.78.52,95611.58.6-308
Accommodation and Food Services1,7437.04.92,2268.75.7-483
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8423.45.41,1554.55.8-313
Information Media and Telecommunications2401.02.22801.12.5-40
Financial and Insurance Services3891.65.64771.95.3-87
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6032.41.85262.02.0+77
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,2265.011.41,2775.010.2-51
Administrative and Support Services7373.03.08313.23.3-95
Public Administration and Safety1,5356.26.31,4615.75.6+74
Education and Training2,2098.98.32,2158.67.7-5
Health Care and Social Assistance4,33417.512.34,29916.711.5+35
Arts and Recreation Services4711.91.53661.41.6+105
Other Services1,2024.93.61,1374.43.9+65
Total industries24,756100.0100.025,723100.0100.0-967

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 full-time equivalent local workers in Coffs Harbour City in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (4,334 people or 17.5%)
  • Construction (3,601 people or 14.5%)
  • Retail Trade (2,648 people or 10.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 10,584 people in total or 42.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.8% in Construction and 8.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of Coffs Harbour City and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.0% compared to 11.4%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (17.5% compared to 12.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (14.5% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.6% compared to 5.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Coffs Harbour City increased by decreased by -967 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Coffs Harbour City were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+986 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+105 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+77 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+74 full-time equivalent local workers)

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