Inner West Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Inner West Council area, making up 13.2% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Inner West Council area regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the Inner West Council area.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Inner West Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Inner West Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1060.22.2640.12.2+42
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1180.20.91090.21.1+9
Wholesale Trade2,0443.33.13,0635.44.5-1,019
Retail Trade7,08311.39.77,09112.410.4-8
Accommodation and Food Services5,3708.67.14,1627.36.7+1,208
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,2573.64.72,5014.45.0-244
Information Media and Telecommunications1,3152.12.21,2212.12.3+94
Financial and Insurance Services1,2212.05.09081.65.1+313
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2121.91.81,4972.61.6-285
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5,1878.38.14,9978.87.9+190
Administrative and Support Services1,8332.93.51,8323.23.3+1
Public Administration and Safety4,3457.05.93,4856.15.9+860
Education and Training5,4588.78.34,6338.17.9+825
Health Care and Social Assistance8,21013.212.57,41413.011.6+796
Arts and Recreation Services1,2792.01.51,1762.11.5+103
Other Services2,9334.73.72,6544.73.8+279
Industry not classified3,5035.64.71,5472.72.5+1,956
Total persons62,413100.0100.056,969100.0100.0+5,444

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Inner West Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,210 people or 13.2%)
  • Retail Trade (7,083 people or 11.3%)
  • Education and Training (5,458 people or 8.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 20,751 people in total or 33.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 8.3% 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 (2.0% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.2% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (11.3% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (8.6% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Inner West Council area were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+1,956 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,321 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+1,208 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-1,019 local workers)

Inner West Council

economic profile