Coffs Harbour City

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Coffs Harbour City, making up 20.5% of total employment.

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

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
Coffs Harbour City20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,7145.22.01,5675.42.2+147
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2680.81.02320.80.9+36
Wholesale Trade6462.02.95591.93.1+87
Retail Trade3,80211.69.03,78013.19.7+22
Accommodation and Food Services3,0139.26.22,8659.97.1+148
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9733.04.61,0023.54.7-29
Information Media and Telecommunications2300.71.92951.02.2-65
Financial and Insurance Services5301.65.34741.65.0+56
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4801.51.75261.81.8-46
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,4534.48.91,2874.58.1+166
Administrative and Support Services1,0983.43.28933.13.5+205
Public Administration and Safety1,9235.95.81,7536.15.9+170
Education and Training3,0529.38.72,6479.28.3+405
Health Care and Social Assistance6,69420.514.45,24918.212.5+1,445
Arts and Recreation Services4411.31.44391.51.5+2
Other Services1,3794.23.41,1594.03.7+220
Industry not classified1,2913.94.61,0133.54.7+278
Total persons32,693100.0100.028,878100.0100.0+3,815

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 Coffs Harbour City in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (6,694 people or 20.5%)
  • Retail Trade (3,802 people or 11.6%)
  • Education and Training (3,052 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 13,548 people in total or 41.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.0% in Retail Trade and 8.7% in Education and Training.

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 (20.5% compared to 14.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.4% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.6% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (5.2% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Coffs Harbour City were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,445 local workers)
  • Construction (+553 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+405 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+278 local workers)

City of Coffs Harbour

economic profile