City of Launceston

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Launceston, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 7,827 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 Launceston. 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 Launceston 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 Launceston'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 Launceston2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6091.55.96291.65.5-20
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6861.61.77211.81.7-35
Wholesale Trade1,0022.42.41,3043.32.6-302
Retail Trade4,77511.410.35,16812.910.9-393
Accommodation and Food Services3,4458.27.93,1487.97.7+298
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,8894.54.81,5583.94.5+331
Information Media and Telecommunications6551.61.36961.71.6-41
Financial and Insurance Services1,4883.52.01,3893.52.1+98
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5791.41.15781.41.4+1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,8526.85.92,0975.34.8+755
Administrative and Support Services1,1152.72.81,0972.72.9+18
Public Administration and Safety2,4986.07.52,4006.07.8+99
Education and Training4,32810.39.44,32210.89.5+6
Health Care and Social Assistance7,82718.714.86,97717.513.8+849
Arts and Recreation Services4871.22.05821.52.0-95
Other Services1,8304.43.61,6884.23.8+141
Total industries41,911100.0100.039,910100.0100.0+2,002

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 Launceston in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,827 people or 18.7%)
  • Retail Trade (4,775 people or 11.4%)
  • Education and Training (4,328 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 16,929 people in total or 40.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Retail Trade and 9.4% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Launceston and Tasmania were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.5% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.7% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (6.0% compared to 7.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (3.5% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Launceston increased by increased by 2,002 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+849 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+755 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+331 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+298 local workers)

City of Launceston

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