Gunnedah Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Gunnedah Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 821 local jobs in 2022/23.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Gunnedah Shire. 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 Gunnedah Shire 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 Gunnedah Shire'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
Gunnedah Shire2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing82113.01.981115.12.1+10
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1522.41.1561.01.0+96
Wholesale Trade2083.33.01833.43.4+25
Retail Trade6179.89.44859.09.7+132
Accommodation and Food Services4427.06.53927.36.7+50
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2413.85.22785.25.3-38
Information Media and Telecommunications250.42.1370.72.5-11
Financial and Insurance Services861.45.4691.34.9+17
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services961.51.7701.31.8+26
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1712.710.02184.09.5-47
Administrative and Support Services1993.13.11633.03.2+36
Public Administration and Safety3195.06.02564.85.5+63
Education and Training5709.08.34919.18.4+79
Health Care and Social Assistance70611.214.859711.113.1+108
Arts and Recreation Services560.91.6360.71.8+19
Other Services3806.03.52875.33.7+94
Total industries6,327100.0100.05,379100.0100.0+948

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). 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 Gunnedah Shire in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (821 people or 13.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (706 people or 11.2%)
  • Retail Trade (617 people or 9.8%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 2,144 people in total or 33.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 1.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.4% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (13.0% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.7% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (7.1% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.4% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Gunnedah Shire increased by 948 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Construction (+197 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+132 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+108 local workers)
  • Mining (+98 local workers)

Gunnedah Shire Council

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