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Employment by industry (Total)

In Coffs Harbour City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 6,207 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Coffs Harbour City. 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 Coffs Harbour City 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 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.

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
Coffs Harbour City2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,5914.72.11,4434.62.3+147
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3010.91.03081.01.1-7
Wholesale Trade6962.03.67722.54.0-76
Retail Trade4,17812.310.34,08112.910.1+96
Accommodation and Food Services3,2059.47.03,40310.87.1-198
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,2053.55.01,3324.25.1-127
Information Media and Telecommunications3651.12.34511.42.4-86
Financial and Insurance Services5851.75.15591.85.1+26
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5001.51.65681.81.8-68
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,4884.49.11,3654.38.3+123
Administrative and Support Services1,0883.23.31,0833.43.5+4
Public Administration and Safety2,0956.16.01,7705.65.9+325
Education and Training3,3679.98.53,0139.68.5+354
Health Care and Social Assistance6,20718.212.45,18116.412.1+1,026
Arts and Recreation Services4541.31.64741.51.7-20
Other Services1,7265.13.91,3744.43.9+352
Total industries34,071100.0100.031,516100.0100.0+2,555

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts. 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 Coffs Harbour City in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (6,207 people or 18.2%)
  • Retail Trade (4,178 people or 12.3%)
  • Construction (3,477 people or 10.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 13,862 people in total or 40.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Retail Trade and 9.4% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.2% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.4% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.7% compared to 5.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (4.7% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Coffs Harbour City increased by increased by 2,555 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,026 local workers)
  • Construction (+546 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+354 local workers)
  • Other Services (+352 local workers)

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