City of Kingston

Employment by industry (Census)

Manufacturing is the largest employer in the City of Kingston, making up 16.6% 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 Kingston 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 Kingston.

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
City of Kingston20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5060.62.14280.62.2+78
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7060.81.16940.91.1+12
Wholesale Trade4,7835.72.85,0546.83.2-271
Retail Trade9,98611.99.49,71913.210.2+267
Accommodation and Food Services4,6425.56.24,0365.56.6+606
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,6024.34.73,3094.54.7+293
Information Media and Telecommunications7270.91.67411.01.9-14
Financial and Insurance Services1,2871.54.11,0961.53.9+191
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,0431.21.59031.21.6+140
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,0244.88.43,8545.27.9+170
Administrative and Support Services2,4112.93.12,0592.83.4+352
Public Administration and Safety2,6193.15.62,2473.05.3+372
Education and Training5,0986.18.84,3485.98.7+750
Health Care and Social Assistance8,60610.314.15,7427.812.5+2,864
Arts and Recreation Services1,2471.51.71,1151.51.9+132
Other Services3,5734.33.53,3174.53.6+256
Industry not classified5,9387.14.65,1547.04.7+784
Total persons83,752100.0100.073,835100.0100.0+9,917

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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

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

  • Manufacturing (13,886 people or 16.6%)
  • Retail Trade (9,986 people or 11.9%)
  • Construction (8,979 people or 10.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 32,851 people in total or 39.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 7.0% in Manufacturing; 9.4% in Retail Trade and 9.4% 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 (16.6% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (10.3% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.8% compared to 8.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Wholesale Trade (5.7% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Kingston were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+2,901 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,864 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+784 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+750 local workers)

City of Kingston

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