Cowra Shire

Resident workers - Industry

Total industries employs more of Cowra Shire's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which Cowra Shire residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in Cowra Shire, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in Cowra Shire are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current benchmark:
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Resident workers industry of employment
Cowra Shire - Persons 20212016Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing84216.32.082017.02.1+22
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services591.11.0531.10.9+6
Wholesale Trade1693.32.81342.83.1+35
Retail Trade4879.49.048510.19.7+2
Accommodation and Food Services3597.06.23577.47.1+2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2074.04.61853.84.7+22
Information Media and Telecommunications210.41.8250.52.2-4
Financial and Insurance Services551.15.3581.24.9-3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services410.81.7501.01.8-9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1422.88.91392.98.1+3
Administrative and Support Services1322.63.21262.63.5+6
Public Administration and Safety2695.26.12435.16.0+26
Education and Training4268.38.74188.78.4+8
Health Care and Social Assistance72314.014.460012.512.5+123
Arts and Recreation Services350.71.4521.11.5-17
Other Services2054.03.41954.13.7+10
Industry not classified2394.64.61763.74.7+63
Total Persons5,159100.0100.04,809100.0100.0+350

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

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in Cowra Shire in 2021shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (842 people or 16.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (723 people or 14.0%)
  • Retail Trade (487 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three industries employed 2,052 people in total or 39.8% of the total resident workforce.

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 the resident workforce of Cowra Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (16.3% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.8% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Construction (6.6% compared to 8.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+123 resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (+63 resident workforce)
  • Construction (+48 resident workforce)
  • Wholesale Trade (+35 resident workforce)

Cowra Shire

economic profile