Hilltops Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Hilltops Council area, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 1,537 local jobs in 2021/22.

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 area2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. NSWNumber%. NSW2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,53718.62.11,83322.82.2-296
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services700.81.1630.81.0+7
Wholesale Trade2152.63.02362.93.4-21
Retail Trade87510.69.390411.39.6-30
Accommodation and Food Services5656.86.04765.96.9+89
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3233.95.13644.55.2-42
Information Media and Telecommunications320.42.2290.42.4+3
Financial and Insurance Services1531.85.51481.84.8+5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services811.01.8811.01.7+0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2533.110.12413.09.4+12
Administrative and Support Services2292.83.31772.23.5+52
Public Administration and Safety4044.96.13184.05.7+87
Education and Training6297.68.66217.78.5+8
Health Care and Social Assistance1,01312.214.21,03612.913.1-23
Arts and Recreation Services500.61.6560.71.7-6
Other Services4405.33.83073.83.7+134
Total industries8,284100.0100.08,035100.0100.0+250

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. 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 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,537 people or 18.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,013 people or 12.2%)
  • Construction (913 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 3,463 people in total or 41.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, NSW employed 2.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 14.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.9% in Construction.

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 (18.6% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.1% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.8% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (11.0% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Hilltops Council area increased by 250 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Construction (+300 local workers)
  • Other Services (+134 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+89 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+87 local workers)

Hilltops Council area

economic profile