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Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Gunnedah Shire, making up 15.8% of total employment.

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

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, Gunnedah Shire 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
Gunnedah Shire 20162011Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing76915.82.289318.42.2-124
Mining2304.70.91513.11.0+79
Manufacturing2605.35.93366.98.5-76
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services561.20.9621.31.1-6
Construction2274.78.42014.27.3+26
Wholesale Trade1382.83.11382.94.50
Retail Trade4529.39.751510.610.4-63
Accommodation and Food Services3797.87.13617.56.7+18
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2184.54.72384.95.0-20
Information Media and Telecommunications260.52.2280.62.3-2
Financial and Insurance Services671.45.0731.55.1-6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services671.41.8651.31.6+2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1934.08.11793.77.9+14
Administrative and Support Services1292.73.5921.93.3+37
Public Administration and Safety2515.25.92635.45.9-12
Education and Training4369.08.34028.37.9+34
Health Care and Social Assistance50710.412.54569.411.6+51
Arts and Recreation Services220.51.5390.81.5-17
Other Services2585.33.72154.43.8+43
Industry not classified1793.74.71342.82.5+45

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, New South Wales: 2.2% Mining, New South Wales: 0.9% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 5.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.9% Construction, New South Wales: 8.4% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 3.1% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 9.7% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 7.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 2.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 8.1% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 5.9% Education and Training, New South Wales: 8.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 12.5% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.5% Other Services, New South Wales: 3.7% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 4.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Gunnedah Shire: 15.8% Mining, Gunnedah Shire: 4.7% Manufacturing, Gunnedah Shire: 5.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Gunnedah Shire: 1.2% Construction, Gunnedah Shire: 4.7% Wholesale Trade, Gunnedah Shire: 2.8% Retail Trade, Gunnedah Shire: 9.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Gunnedah Shire: 7.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Gunnedah Shire: 4.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% Financial and Insurance Services, Gunnedah Shire: 1.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Gunnedah Shire: 1.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Gunnedah Shire: 4.0% Administrative and Support Services, Gunnedah Shire: 2.7% Public Administration and Safety, Gunnedah Shire: 5.2% Education and Training, Gunnedah Shire: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Gunnedah Shire: 10.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% Other Services, Gunnedah Shire: 5.3% Industry not classified, Gunnedah Shire: 3.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Gunnedah Shire: -124 Mining, Gunnedah Shire: +79 Manufacturing, Gunnedah Shire: -76 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Gunnedah Shire: -6 Construction, Gunnedah Shire: +26 Wholesale Trade, Gunnedah Shire: 0 Retail Trade, Gunnedah Shire: -63 Accommodation and Food Services, Gunnedah Shire: +18 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Gunnedah Shire: -20 Information Media and Telecommunications, Gunnedah Shire: -2 Financial and Insurance Services, Gunnedah Shire: -6 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Gunnedah Shire: +2 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Gunnedah Shire: +14 Administrative and Support Services, Gunnedah Shire: +37 Public Administration and Safety, Gunnedah Shire: -12 Education and Training, Gunnedah Shire: +34 Health Care and Social Assistance, Gunnedah Shire: +51 Arts and Recreation Services, Gunnedah Shire: -17 Other Services, Gunnedah Shire: +43 Industry not classified, Gunnedah Shire: +45
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (769 local workers 15.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (507 local workers 10.4%)
  • Retail Trade (452 local workers 9.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 1,728 people in total or 35.5% of local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 2.2% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 9.7% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.8% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (4.7% compared to 0.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.0% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (4.7% compared to 8.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-124 local workers)
  • Mining (+79 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-76 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-63 local workers)

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