Kiama Municipality

Employment by industry (Total)

In Kiama Municipality, Construction is the largest employer, generating 1,221 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Kiama Municipality. 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 Kiama Municipality 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 Kiama Municipality'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
Kiama Municipality2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2122.92.11973.02.2+16
Mining70.11.110.01.1+6
Manufacturing1892.66.21842.87.0+5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services220.31.1200.31.0+3
Construction1,22116.68.998115.19.0+239
Wholesale Trade380.53.0721.13.4-34
Retail Trade6548.99.36409.99.6+14
Accommodation and Food Services1,03414.16.01,09416.96.9-60
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1582.25.12123.35.2-53
Information Media and Telecommunications450.62.2801.22.4-35
Financial and Insurance Services1712.35.51171.84.8+54
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1341.81.81011.61.7+34
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5227.110.14406.89.4+83
Administrative and Support Services2463.33.32594.03.5-13
Public Administration and Safety4676.46.13365.25.7+131
Education and Training79710.98.65829.08.5+215
Health Care and Social Assistance84711.514.267810.513.1+169
Arts and Recreation Services2443.31.62413.71.7+3
Other Services3284.53.82533.93.7+74
Total industries7,338100.0100.06,487100.0100.0+851

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 Kiama Municipality in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (1,221 people or 16.6%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (1,034 people or 14.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (847 people or 11.5%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 3,102 people in total or 42.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 8.9% in Construction; 6.0% in Accommodation and Food Services and 14.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Kiama Municipality and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (14.1% compared to 6.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (16.6% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (2.6% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.3% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Kiama Municipality increased by 851 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Construction (+239 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+215 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+169 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+131 local workers)

Kiama Municipal Council

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