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Employment by industry (Total)

In the Gunnedah Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 1,046 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the 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 the 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 the 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 Shire2018/192007/08Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2007/08 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,04619.12.196819.22.6+78
Mining2123.90.91312.60.8+80
Manufacturing2875.26.83917.89.3-104
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services591.11.0551.11.1+4
Construction2955.49.43236.48.7-28
Wholesale Trade1933.53.61593.24.7+34
Retail Trade5109.310.351610.210.9-6
Accommodation and Food Services4007.37.03416.86.7+59
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2895.35.02454.95.6+44
Information Media and Telecommunications200.42.3521.02.6-32
Financial and Insurance Services581.15.1761.55.1-18
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services571.01.6661.31.7-9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2364.39.12074.17.6+30
Administrative and Support Services1352.53.3901.83.1+46
Public Administration and Safety2875.26.02765.55.8+11
Education and Training4678.58.54018.07.5+66
Health Care and Social Assistance63411.512.44458.810.6+189
Arts and Recreation Services480.91.6571.11.5-9
Other Services2574.73.92384.73.9+19
Total industries5,490100.0100.05,038100.0100.0+452

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. 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 the Gunnedah Shire in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,046 people or 19.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (634 people or 11.5%)
  • Retail Trade (510 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,189 people in total or 39.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 2.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 10.3% 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 the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.1% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.3% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.4% compared to 9.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Gunnedah Shire increased by increased by 452 between 2007/08 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+189 local workers)
  • Mining (+80 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+78 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+66 local workers)

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