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Employment by industry (Total)

In Gunnedah Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 894 local jobs in 2019/20.

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 Shire2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing89416.92.191016.82.3-15
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services490.91.1871.61.1-38
Wholesale Trade2755.23.51623.03.7+113
Retail Trade4989.49.75079.410.0-9
Accommodation and Food Services3687.06.94067.57.2-38
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2795.35.22624.95.1+17
Information Media and Telecommunications280.52.2300.62.4-2
Financial and Insurance Services561.15.2711.35.1-15
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services601.11.7831.51.8-22
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2174.19.72294.28.4-12
Administrative and Support Services1212.33.31743.23.5-53
Public Administration and Safety2645.06.02735.15.9-9
Education and Training4288.17.94658.68.6-37
Health Care and Social Assistance59311.213.055610.312.4+37
Arts and Recreation Services230.41.6400.71.6-17
Other Services2584.93.62765.13.9-18
Total industries5,281100.0100.05,407100.0100.0-127

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (894 people or 16.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (593 people or 11.2%)
  • Retail Trade (498 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,985 people in total or 37.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 2.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.7% 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 (16.9% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.1% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.6% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Gunnedah Shire increased by decreased by -127 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Wholesale Trade (+113 local workers)
  • Construction (+48 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+37 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+17 local workers)

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