Cumberland Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Manufacturing is the largest employer in the Cumberland Council area, making up 13.9% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Cumberland Council 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 Cumberland Council 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 Cumberland Council 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
Cumberland Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2020.32.2690.12.2+133
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5740.80.93360.51.1+238
Wholesale Trade4,7726.83.16,2069.54.5-1,434
Retail Trade7,72410.99.77,01910.710.4+705
Accommodation and Food Services3,4844.97.12,8774.46.7+607
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6,7139.54.76,61110.15.0+102
Information Media and Telecommunications6180.92.26811.02.3-63
Financial and Insurance Services1,6732.45.01,0861.75.1+587
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services9321.31.87861.21.6+146
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,6163.78.12,3223.57.9+294
Administrative and Support Services2,0682.93.51,5772.43.3+491
Public Administration and Safety2,5683.65.92,2313.45.9+337
Education and Training5,1827.38.34,9177.57.9+265
Health Care and Social Assistance6,5099.212.55,1217.811.6+1,388
Arts and Recreation Services6310.91.55960.91.5+35
Other Services2,8734.13.72,8134.33.8+60
Industry not classified5,2867.54.72,1153.22.5+3,171
Total persons70,677100.0100.065,502100.0100.0+5,175

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 Cumberland Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Manufacturing (9,816 people or 13.9%)
  • Retail Trade (7,724 people or 10.9%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (6,713 people or 9.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 24,253 people in total or 34.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 5.9% in Manufacturing; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 4.7% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Cumberland Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (13.9% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (9.5% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.7% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Wholesale Trade (6.8% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Cumberland Council area were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-3,616 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+3,171 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,707 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-1,434 local workers)

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