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Dungog Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Dungog Shire, making up 17.0% of total employment.

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

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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Dungog Shire20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing41017.02.040518.72.2+5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services331.41.0301.40.9+3
Wholesale Trade281.22.9211.03.1+7
Retail Trade24410.19.01969.09.7+48
Accommodation and Food Services1576.56.21687.77.1-11
Transport, Postal and Warehousing893.74.61034.84.7-14
Information Media and Telecommunications130.51.940.22.2+9
Financial and Insurance Services241.05.3281.35.0-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services251.01.7291.31.8-4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1144.78.91245.78.1-10
Administrative and Support Services572.43.2582.73.5-1
Public Administration and Safety1144.75.81195.55.9-5
Education and Training31112.98.726912.48.3+42
Health Care and Social Assistance24610.214.41768.112.5+70
Arts and Recreation Services200.81.4160.71.5+4
Other Services974.03.4884.13.7+9
Industry not classified1034.34.6773.64.7+26
Total persons2,412100.0100.02,168100.0100.0+244

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Dungog Shire in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (410 people or 17.0%)
  • Education and Training (311 people or 12.9%)
  • Construction (253 people or 10.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 974 people in total or 40.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 2.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 8.7% in Education and Training and 8.6% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Dungog Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (17.0% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.0% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (10.2% compared to 14.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (12.9% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Dungog Shire were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+84 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+70 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+48 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+42 local workers)

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