Cowra Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Cowra Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 1,027 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Cowra Shire. 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 Cowra Shire 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 Cowra Shire'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
Cowra Shire2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,02718.72.185616.32.2+171
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services721.31.1691.31.0+3
Wholesale Trade1492.73.01633.13.4-14
Retail Trade4768.69.35179.89.6-41
Accommodation and Food Services3806.96.03817.36.9-1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2915.35.12314.45.2+60
Information Media and Telecommunications310.62.2150.32.4+15
Financial and Insurance Services521.05.5771.54.8-24
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services450.81.8440.81.7+1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1452.610.11563.09.4-11
Administrative and Support Services1262.33.31202.33.5+7
Public Administration and Safety2704.96.12324.45.7+38
Education and Training4638.48.64889.38.5-25
Health Care and Social Assistance74413.514.274814.313.1-4
Arts and Recreation Services430.81.6981.91.7-55
Other Services2574.73.82254.33.7+32
Total industries5,506100.0100.05,249100.0100.0+257

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in 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 local workers in Cowra Shire in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,027 people or 18.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (744 people or 13.5%)
  • Retail Trade (476 people or 8.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 2,247 people in total or 40.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 2.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 14.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.3% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Cowra Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (18.7% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.6% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.0% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (8.1% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Cowra Shire increased by 257 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+171 local workers)
  • Construction (+117 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+60 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+38 local workers)

Cowra Shire

economic profile