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Canberra Region

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Canberra Region, making up 12.7% of total employment.

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

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 Canberra Region 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
Canberra Region20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. NSWNumber%. NSW2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7,7768.02.23,7046.42.2+4,072
Mining5900.60.92290.41.0+361
Manufacturing6,2066.45.94,6298.08.5+1,577
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,4011.40.96941.21.1+707
Construction7,8058.08.43,9776.97.3+3,828
Wholesale Trade1,7651.83.11,4302.54.5+335
Retail Trade10,67611.09.77,81013.610.4+2,866
Accommodation and Food Services10,10410.47.16,13010.76.7+3,974
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,5343.64.72,1423.75.0+1,392
Information Media and Telecommunications7520.82.25641.02.3+188
Financial and Insurance Services1,2601.35.09351.65.1+325
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,5401.61.89521.71.6+588
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,1864.38.12,6634.67.9+1,523
Administrative and Support Services2,7502.83.51,3642.43.3+1,386
Public Administration and Safety6,8417.15.93,4866.15.9+3,355
Education and Training7,7438.08.34,7788.37.9+2,965
Health Care and Social Assistance12,29512.712.57,82313.611.6+4,472
Arts and Recreation Services2,0072.11.57881.41.5+1,219
Other Services3,7563.93.72,1953.83.8+1,561
Industry not classified4,0154.14.71,1942.12.5+2,821
Total persons97,002100.0100.057,530100.0100.0+39,472

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12,295 people or 12.7%)
  • Retail Trade (10,676 people or 11.0%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (10,104 people or 10.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 33,075 people in total or 34.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, NSW employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 7.1% in Accommodation and Food Services.

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 (8.0% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.3% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.3% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (10.4% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+4,472 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+4,072 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+3,974 local workers)
  • Construction (+3,828 local workers)

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