Inner West Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Inner West Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 10,763 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 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 area2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1130.22.11460.22.3-33
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1040.11.11040.11.1+0
Wholesale Trade2,5133.43.52,7583.93.7-245
Retail Trade8,40511.39.78,15911.510.0+245
Accommodation and Food Services7,2049.66.95,8478.37.2+1,356
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,9524.05.23,0434.35.1-91
Information Media and Telecommunications1,2911.72.21,4442.02.4-153
Financial and Insurance Services1,3621.85.21,2171.75.1+144
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3081.81.71,5702.21.8-262
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,3058.49.75,8658.38.4+441
Administrative and Support Services2,4143.23.32,4023.43.5+12
Public Administration and Safety5,0036.76.04,7076.75.9+296
Education and Training6,2208.37.96,3268.98.6-106
Health Care and Social Assistance10,76314.413.09,73013.812.4+1,033
Arts and Recreation Services1,4752.01.61,6332.31.6-158
Other Services3,7915.13.63,7325.33.9+59
Total industries74,663100.0100.070,687100.0100.0+3,976

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,763 people or 14.4%)
  • Retail Trade (8,405 people or 11.3%)
  • Construction (7,980 people or 10.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 27,148 people in total or 36.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 9.6% in Construction.

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 (1.8% compared to 5.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (9.6% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.2% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (11.3% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Inner West Council area increased by increased by 3,976 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Construction (+1,669 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+1,356 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,033 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+441 local workers)

Inner West Council

economic profile