Gunnedah Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Gunnedah Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 1,219 FTE jobs in 2021/22.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in Gunnedah Shire.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent 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.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Gunnedah Shire2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,21923.32.586318.42.6+356
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1162.21.3871.91.1+28
Wholesale Trade1512.93.31763.83.7-25
Retail Trade3416.58.33186.88.3+23
Accommodation and Food Services2725.24.82836.05.6-11
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2344.55.22765.95.7-43
Information Media and Telecommunications190.42.4160.32.6+4
Financial and Insurance Services661.36.1501.15.2+16
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services891.71.9621.31.8+27
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1392.711.21904.110.4-51
Administrative and Support Services1633.13.01082.33.2+55
Public Administration and Safety2384.66.22725.85.7-34
Education and Training4368.38.23357.17.8+101
Health Care and Social Assistance4278.213.14319.211.8-3
Arts and Recreation Services130.21.4140.31.5-1
Other Services2675.13.72926.23.8-25
Total industries5,225100.0100.04,681100.0100.0+545

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. ©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 full-time equivalent local workers in Gunnedah Shire in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,219 people or 23.3%)
  • Construction (438 people or 8.4%)
  • Education and Training (436 people or 8.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,093 people in total or 40.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 2.5% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 9.5% in Construction and 8.2% in Education and Training.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (23.3% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.7% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (7.2% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (8.2% compared to 13.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Gunnedah Shire increased by increased by 545 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in Gunnedah Shire were for those employed in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+356 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+132 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Mining (+114 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+101 full-time equivalent local workers)

Gunnedah Shire Council

economic profile