Hilltops Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Hilltops Council area, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 1,691 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Hilltops Council area. 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 Hilltops Council area 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 Hilltops Council area'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
Hilltops Council area2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. NSWNumber%. NSW2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,69122.32.11,85723.52.3-166
Mining1251.60.9851.11.0+40
Manufacturing4766.36.74465.77.2+31
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services630.81.1931.21.1-30
Construction5367.19.65106.58.7+25
Wholesale Trade2443.23.52463.13.7-2
Retail Trade86711.59.794912.010.0-82
Accommodation and Food Services4395.86.94405.67.2-1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3004.05.23534.55.1-53
Information Media and Telecommunications320.42.2310.42.4+1
Financial and Insurance Services1532.05.21622.05.1-8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services640.81.7791.01.8-15
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2293.09.72242.88.4+5
Administrative and Support Services1381.83.31772.23.5-39
Public Administration and Safety3644.86.03464.45.9+18
Education and Training5957.97.96668.48.6-71
Health Care and Social Assistance88511.713.086611.012.4+20
Arts and Recreation Services460.61.6490.61.6-3
Other Services3214.23.63093.93.9+12
Total industries7,569100.0100.07,887100.0100.0-318

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 the Hilltops Council area in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,691 people or 22.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (885 people or 11.7%)
  • Retail Trade (867 people or 11.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,444 people in total or 45.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, NSW 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 the Hilltops Council area and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (22.3% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.0% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.0% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (7.1% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Hilltops Council area increased by decreased by -318 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Mining (+40 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+31 local workers)
  • Construction (+25 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+20 local workers)

Hilltops Council area

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