City of Kingston

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Kingston, Manufacturing is the largest employer, generating 18,603 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of Kingston. 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 Kingston 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 Kingston'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 Kingston2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4490.52.25240.62.6-75
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,8372.01.21,0391.21.2+797
Wholesale Trade8,0888.73.66,6617.53.6+1,427
Retail Trade11,29212.19.811,78713.310.6-495
Accommodation and Food Services4,1694.55.84,7725.46.7-603
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,9575.35.14,2824.85.0+674
Information Media and Telecommunications8150.91.99061.02.1-91
Financial and Insurance Services1,2701.44.21,2201.44.0+49
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services9791.11.51,0641.21.6-86
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,8375.29.54,5165.18.3+321
Administrative and Support Services2,7733.03.22,9853.43.6-212
Public Administration and Safety2,4962.75.72,6833.05.3-187
Education and Training6,1516.68.85,3476.08.9+804
Health Care and Social Assistance8,2258.813.76,9917.912.7+1,234
Arts and Recreation Services1,5191.62.01,3251.52.0+194
Other Services4,1484.53.44,2264.83.7-78
Total industries93,214100.0100.088,737100.0100.0+4,477

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 Kingston in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing (18,603 people or 20.0%)
  • Retail Trade (11,292 people or 12.1%)
  • Construction (10,446 people or 11.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 40,341 people in total or 43.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 8.6% in Manufacturing; 9.8% in Retail Trade and 9.3% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Kingston and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (20.0% compared to 8.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Wholesale Trade (8.7% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (8.8% compared to 13.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.2% compared to 9.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Kingston increased by increased by 4,477 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Wholesale Trade (+1,427 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,234 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,062 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+804 local workers)

City of Kingston

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