Inner West Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Inner West Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 11,025 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 Inner West 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 Inner West 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 Inner West 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
Inner West Council area2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1800.22.11300.22.2+50
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1210.21.11070.11.0+13
Wholesale Trade1,7472.33.02,7013.63.4-955
Retail Trade8,71811.79.38,20611.09.6+512
Accommodation and Food Services5,4027.36.06,1418.36.9-740
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,4724.75.13,1734.35.2+299
Information Media and Telecommunications1,4231.92.21,5282.12.4-105
Financial and Insurance Services1,1091.55.51,2851.74.8-175
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3641.81.81,3881.91.7-24
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,53110.110.16,7449.19.4+787
Administrative and Support Services1,9322.63.32,3603.23.5-429
Public Administration and Safety4,4436.06.14,8796.65.7-436
Education and Training8,43111.38.66,5108.88.5+1,921
Health Care and Social Assistance11,02514.814.211,00414.813.1+21
Arts and Recreation Services1,8492.51.61,7872.41.7+62
Other Services3,7555.03.83,6534.93.7+103
Total industries74,368100.0100.074,317100.0100.0+51

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©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 local workers in the Inner West Council area in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (11,025 people or 14.8%)
  • Retail Trade (8,718 people or 11.7%)
  • Education and Training (8,431 people or 11.3%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 28,174 people in total or 37.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.3% in Retail Trade and 8.6% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Inner West Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.5% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (11.3% compared to 8.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (11.7% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.2% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Inner West Council area increased by 51 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Education and Training (+1,921 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+787 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+512 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+299 local workers)

Inner West Council

economic profile