Cowra Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Cowra Shire, making up 16.1% of total employment.

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

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
Cowra Shire20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing78716.12.078717.32.2--
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services561.11.0441.00.9+12
Wholesale Trade1583.22.91302.93.1+28
Retail Trade49210.09.048510.79.7+7
Accommodation and Food Services3607.36.23517.77.1+9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1944.04.61763.94.7+18
Information Media and Telecommunications260.51.9210.52.2+5
Financial and Insurance Services521.15.3561.25.0-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services360.71.7451.01.8-9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1342.78.91192.68.1+15
Administrative and Support Services1032.13.2942.13.5+9
Public Administration and Safety2745.65.82395.25.9+35
Education and Training4068.38.73858.58.3+21
Health Care and Social Assistance73615.014.461313.512.5+123
Arts and Recreation Services320.71.4370.81.5-5
Other Services2004.13.41844.03.7+16
Industry not classified2044.24.61643.64.7+40
Total persons4,899100.0100.04,554100.0100.0+345

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 Cowra Shire in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (787 people or 16.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (736 people or 15.0%)
  • Retail Trade (492 people or 10.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,015 people in total or 41.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 2.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.0% 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 (16.1% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.7% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.3% compared to 8.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Cowra Shire were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+123 local workers)
  • Construction (+43 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+40 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+35 local workers)

Cowra Shire

economic profile