Gunnedah Shire

Resident workers - Industry

Total industries employs more of Gunnedah Shire's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which Gunnedah Shire residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in Gunnedah Shire, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in Gunnedah Shire are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current benchmark:
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Resident workers industry of employment
Gunnedah Shire - Persons 20212016Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing75812.92.073713.72.1+21
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services651.11.0531.00.9+12
Wholesale Trade1682.92.81482.83.1+20
Retail Trade4567.89.04277.99.7+29
Accommodation and Food Services3395.86.23726.97.1-33
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1813.14.61873.54.7-6
Information Media and Telecommunications230.41.8280.52.2-5
Financial and Insurance Services621.15.3641.24.9-2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services771.31.7701.31.8+7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1753.08.91843.48.1-9
Administrative and Support Services2133.63.21422.63.5+71
Public Administration and Safety2514.36.12404.56.0+11
Education and Training5339.18.74247.98.4+109
Health Care and Social Assistance63610.814.454910.212.5+87
Arts and Recreation Services310.51.4210.41.5+10
Other Services2714.63.42494.63.7+22
Industry not classified2003.44.62033.84.7-3
Total Persons5,885100.0100.05,377100.0100.0+508

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in Gunnedah Shire in 2021shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (831 people or 14.1%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (758 people or 12.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (636 people or 10.8%)

In combination these three industries employed 2,225 people in total or 37.9% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 1.0% in Mining; 2.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Mining (14.1% compared to 1.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (12.9% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.0% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2016 and 2021 in Gunnedah Shire were for those employed in:

  • Education and Training (+109 resident workforce)
  • Mining (+92 resident workforce)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+87 resident workforce)
  • Construction (+77 resident workforce)

Gunnedah Shire Council

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