City of Ipswich

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Ipswich, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 16,195 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 City of Ipswich. 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 City of Ipswich 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 City of Ipswich'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
City of Ipswich2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5440.62.55890.82.7-45
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,5171.71.31,1941.71.2+324
Wholesale Trade2,4602.82.61,5862.22.7+874
Retail Trade8,7649.89.38,29311.59.9+471
Accommodation and Food Services5,8726.66.94,6516.57.1+1,220
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,3836.05.33,7225.25.4+1,661
Information Media and Telecommunications3690.41.14980.71.5-129
Financial and Insurance Services1,2541.42.71,3671.92.6-112
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,0851.21.91,0591.52.0+26
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,5133.97.42,6253.66.7+888
Administrative and Support Services2,6383.03.32,1843.03.5+455
Public Administration and Safety9,23410.46.66,6699.36.7+2,565
Education and Training10,34311.69.27,71810.79.3+2,625
Health Care and Social Assistance16,19518.215.610,76414.913.6+5,431
Arts and Recreation Services7230.81.56410.91.8+82
Other Services3,3603.84.22,4743.44.1+886
Total industries89,135100.0100.072,046100.0100.0+17,089

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 City of Ipswich in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (16,195 people or 18.2%)
  • Education and Training (10,343 people or 11.6%)
  • Manufacturing (9,695 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 36,232 people in total or 40.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 15.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.2% in Education and Training and 6.6% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Ipswich and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (10.9% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (10.4% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.9% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.2% compared to 15.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Ipswich increased by 17,089 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+5,431 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+2,625 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+2,565 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+1,661 local workers)

City of Ipswich

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