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Employment by industry (Total)

In City of Darwin, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 12,462 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in City of Darwin. 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 City of Darwin 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 City of Darwin'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
City of Darwin2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. Northern TerritoryNumber%. Northern Territory2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3900.62.03220.62.0+68
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,2812.12.11,3222.31.7-41
Wholesale Trade1,4522.42.01,3542.42.0+97
Retail Trade4,8718.07.44,6938.27.1+178
Accommodation and Food Services3,5965.96.03,8816.76.3-284
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,7624.54.72,8935.04.5-131
Information Media and Telecommunications1,2562.11.41,0881.91.3+169
Financial and Insurance Services1,2222.01.21,1332.01.2+89
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2602.11.41,2142.11.5+46
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,7536.25.44,1867.35.5-433
Administrative and Support Services2,2723.73.31,8693.22.9+404
Public Administration and Safety12,46220.518.310,86518.918.2+1,596
Education and Training4,7007.78.75,1208.98.9-420
Health Care and Social Assistance7,89813.011.86,72711.710.2+1,170
Arts and Recreation Services1,9133.12.61,6872.92.4+226
Other Services2,9454.85.12,4264.24.7+519
Total industries60,760100.0100.057,524100.0100.0+3,236

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts. 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 City of Darwin in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (12,462 people or 20.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,898 people or 13.0%)
  • Retail Trade (4,871 people or 8.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 25,230 people in total or 41.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Northern Territory employed 18.3% in Public Administration and Safety; 11.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 7.4% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of City of Darwin and Northern Territory were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.6% compared to 4.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (20.5% compared to 18.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.6% compared to 2.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (13.0% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in City of Darwin increased by increased by 3,236 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Public Administration and Safety (+1,596 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,170 local workers)
  • Other Services (+519 local workers)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+404 local workers)

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