Kiama Municipality

Employment by industry (Census)

Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer in Kiama Municipality, making up 16.4% of total employment.

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

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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Kiama Municipality20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2103.32.01853.42.2+25
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services320.51.0170.30.9+15
Wholesale Trade410.62.9531.03.1-12
Retail Trade6099.59.055210.39.7+57
Accommodation and Food Services1,04716.46.297318.17.1+74
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1522.44.61823.44.7-30
Information Media and Telecommunications510.81.9330.62.2+18
Financial and Insurance Services1622.55.31182.25.0+44
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1131.81.71152.11.8-2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4717.48.93346.28.1+137
Administrative and Support Services1963.13.21993.73.5-3
Public Administration and Safety4346.85.83185.95.9+116
Education and Training5809.18.74658.78.3+115
Health Care and Social Assistance77812.214.457410.712.5+204
Arts and Recreation Services1422.21.41653.11.5-23
Other Services2584.03.42274.23.7+31
Industry not classified2033.24.61643.14.7+39
Total persons6,400100.0100.05,365100.0100.0+1,035

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Kiama Municipality in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (1,047 people or 16.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (778 people or 12.2%)
  • Construction (766 people or 12.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,591 people in total or 40.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 6.2% in Accommodation and Food Services; 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.6% in Construction.

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 (16.4% compared to 6.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (12.0% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (2.2% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.5% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Kiama Municipality were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+204 local workers)
  • Construction (+199 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+137 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+116 local workers)

Kiama Municipal Council

economic profile