City of Mount Gambier

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City of Mount Gambier

Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in the City of Mount Gambier, making up 15.8% 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 Mount Gambier 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 Mount Gambier.

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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the City of Mount Gambier in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Mount Gambier20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4163.34.04953.83.9-79
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1080.91.21301.01.3-22
Wholesale Trade3923.12.84763.63.5-84
Retail Trade1,99715.810.72,03215.411.2-35
Accommodation and Food Services1,0218.16.71,0227.86.2-1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6275.04.16805.24.1-53
Information Media and Telecommunications1361.11.31511.11.4-15
Financial and Insurance Services2451.92.72612.03.0-16
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1631.31.31741.31.3-11
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3722.95.53852.95.5-13
Administrative and Support Services2972.43.63512.73.4-54
Public Administration and Safety6575.27.16364.87.1+21
Education and Training1,1479.18.71,0357.98.0+112
Health Care and Social Assistance1,95115.414.81,69712.913.6+254
Arts and Recreation Services890.71.41090.81.3-20
Other Services6285.03.96184.73.9+10
Industry not classified4263.43.32541.91.9+172
Total persons12,631100.0100.013,161100.0100.0-530

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Mount Gambier in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (1,997 people or 15.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,951 people or 15.4%)
  • Manufacturing (1,183 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,131 people in total or 40.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 10.7% in Retail Trade; 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.0% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Mount Gambier and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (15.8% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.9% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (5.2% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (6.0% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Mount Gambier were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-487 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+254 local workers)
  • Construction (-195 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+172 local workers)

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