Edward River Council

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Edward River Council, 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 Edward River Council 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 Edward River Council.

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
Edward River Council20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing59016.12.052014.12.2+70
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1163.21.01373.70.9-21
Wholesale Trade812.22.9762.13.1+5
Retail Trade3479.49.03599.79.7-12
Accommodation and Food Services2326.36.22647.27.1-32
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1293.54.61574.34.7-28
Information Media and Telecommunications230.61.9180.52.2+5
Financial and Insurance Services661.85.3792.15.0-13
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services290.81.7260.71.8+3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1223.38.91514.18.1-29
Administrative and Support Services691.93.2631.73.5+6
Public Administration and Safety2466.75.82155.85.9+31
Education and Training3198.78.72727.48.3+47
Health Care and Social Assistance62417.014.453914.612.5+85
Arts and Recreation Services391.11.4200.51.5+19
Other Services1263.43.41303.53.7-4
Industry not classified1494.14.61363.74.7+13
Total persons3,673100.0100.03,690100.0100.0-17

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 Edward River Council in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (624 people or 17.0%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (590 people or 16.1%)
  • Retail Trade (347 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,561 people in total or 42.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 2.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and 9.0% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (16.1% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.3% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.8% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.0% compared to 14.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Edward River Council were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-126 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+85 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+70 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+47 local workers)

Edward River Council

economic profile