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Employment by industry (Total)

In the Canberra Region, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 14,250 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Canberra Region. 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 the Canberra Region 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 the Canberra Region'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
Canberra Region2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. NSWNumber%. NSW2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9,2268.42.19,7618.72.3-534
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,6811.51.01,5991.41.1+82
Wholesale Trade1,9731.83.42,1531.93.5-180
Retail Trade11,40110.39.512,75911.39.9-1,358
Accommodation and Food Services10,2769.36.511,39310.17.2-1,116
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,9533.65.04,3433.85.0-390
Information Media and Telecommunications9390.92.29060.82.4+33
Financial and Insurance Services1,2491.15.11,3421.25.1-93
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4841.31.71,8281.61.8-344
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5,1204.610.14,8044.38.7+317
Administrative and Support Services3,5443.23.33,8393.43.6-295
Public Administration and Safety7,3016.66.17,2106.45.9+91
Education and Training8,8238.08.79,4048.38.7-581
Health Care and Social Assistance14,25012.913.214,48712.812.9-237
Arts and Recreation Services2,1491.91.72,5492.31.7-401
Other Services5,2164.73.74,4303.93.8+786
Total industries110,311100.0100.0112,840100.0100.0-2,528

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 the Canberra Region in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (14,250 people or 12.9%)
  • Construction (12,492 people or 11.3%)
  • Retail Trade (11,401 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 38,143 people in total or 34.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, NSW employed 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.0% in Construction and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.4% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.6% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (9.3% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Canberra Region increased by decreased by -2,528 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Construction (+1,340 local workers)
  • Other Services (+786 local workers)
  • Mining (+695 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+317 local workers)

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