Cowra Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Cowra Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 1,063 FTE jobs in 2021/22.

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 Cowra Shire.

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 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.

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
Cowra Shire2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,06323.62.588720.42.6+176
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services621.41.3601.41.1+3
Wholesale Trade1403.13.31282.93.7+12
Retail Trade3187.08.33718.58.3-53
Accommodation and Food Services2625.84.82495.75.6+13
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2615.85.22134.95.7+48
Information Media and Telecommunications200.42.4130.32.6+7
Financial and Insurance Services390.96.1601.45.2-20
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services451.01.9350.81.8+10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1122.511.21262.910.4-14
Administrative and Support Services771.73.0741.73.2+3
Public Administration and Safety2114.76.21924.45.7+19
Education and Training3668.18.23898.97.8-23
Health Care and Social Assistance52211.613.154812.611.8-26
Arts and Recreation Services310.71.4711.61.5-40
Other Services2104.63.71924.43.8+17
Total industries4,513100.0100.04,348100.0100.0+165

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

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,063 people or 23.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (522 people or 11.6%)
  • Construction (402 people or 8.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,987 people in total or 44.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 2.5% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.1% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.5% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (23.6% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.5% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (0.9% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Information Media and Telecommunications (0.4% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Cowra Shire increased by increased by 165 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in Cowra Shire were for those employed in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+176 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+87 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+48 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+19 full-time equivalent local workers)

Cowra Shire

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