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Murchison Area

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Murchison Area, making up 15.7% of total employment.

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

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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Murchison Area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Murchison Area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,59115.75.31,40513.04.8+186
Mining1,11411.00.91,54914.31.2-435
Manufacturing1,26212.56.91,40613.08.7-144
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services840.81.6710.71.7+13
Construction5195.17.66626.17.6-143
Wholesale Trade2702.72.25004.63.3-230
Retail Trade8808.710.99679.011.3-87
Accommodation and Food Services7637.57.78347.77.3-71
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3553.54.23963.74.3-41
Information Media and Telecommunications240.21.4260.21.5-2
Financial and Insurance Services780.82.1960.92.4-18
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services680.71.2730.71.3-5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2112.14.72142.04.7-3
Administrative and Support Services2592.63.01861.72.7+73
Public Administration and Safety3133.17.83803.59.0-67
Education and Training7217.19.37236.79.0-2
Health Care and Social Assistance8338.214.27216.712.0+112
Arts and Recreation Services750.71.9530.51.6+22
Other Services2962.93.83463.23.7-50
Industry not classified3833.83.41671.52.0+216
Total persons10,107100.0100.010,804100.0100.0-697

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Murchison Area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,591 people or 15.7%)
  • Manufacturing (1,262 people or 12.5%)
  • Mining (1,114 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,967 people in total or 39.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 5.3% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 6.9% in Manufacturing and 0.9% in Mining.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Murchison Area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.7% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (11.0% compared to 0.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (8.2% compared to 14.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (12.5% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Murchison Area were for those employed in:

  • Mining (-435 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-230 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+216 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+186 local workers)

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