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Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Ipswich, making up 14.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of Ipswich 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 City of Ipswich.

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 City of Ipswich 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
City of Ipswich20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5710.92.83650.72.7+206
Mining3680.62.34000.72.6-32
Manufacturing7,46912.06.09,24116.58.4-1,772
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0321.71.17681.41.2+264
Construction3,9856.48.93,4866.29.0+499
Wholesale Trade1,4072.32.61,6673.03.6-260
Retail Trade7,03911.39.96,43111.510.7+608
Accommodation and Food Services4,0906.67.43,3225.97.0+768
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,8414.65.12,7304.95.2+111
Information Media and Telecommunications4250.71.22920.51.2+133
Financial and Insurance Services1,2762.02.59641.72.7+312
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services9801.62.08531.51.8+127
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,3013.76.22,0583.76.5+243
Administrative and Support Services1,5722.53.51,2632.33.2+309
Public Administration and Safety6,20310.06.55,79010.36.7+413
Education and Training6,83511.09.05,5599.97.9+1,276
Health Care and Social Assistance8,95714.413.07,47413.311.9+1,483
Arts and Recreation Services4880.81.64230.81.4+65
Other Services1,8653.03.91,7673.23.9+98
Industry not classified2,6094.24.31,1942.12.4+1,415
Total persons62,313100.0100.056,068100.0100.0+6,245

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Ipswich in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,957 people or 14.4%)
  • Manufacturing (7,469 people or 12.0%)
  • Retail Trade (7,039 people or 11.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 23,465 people in total or 37.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 6.0% in Manufacturing and 9.9% in Retail Trade.

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 (12.0% compared to 6.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (10.0% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.7% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (6.4% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Ipswich were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-1,772 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,483 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+1,415 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,276 local workers)

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