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Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Northern Midlands, making up 17.0% of total employment.

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

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).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. The Northern Midlands currently subscribe to the “LITE” version of, which does not feature this extended dataset. In order to directly compare worker numbers between 2011 and 2016, it is recommended that the Northern Midlands subscribe to the FULL version of

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Northern Midlands 2016
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Number%Tasmania %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing80717.05.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services410.91.6
Wholesale Trade3898.22.2
Retail Trade3757.910.9
Accommodation and Food Services2304.87.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4389.24.2
Information Media and Telecommunications150.31.4
Financial and Insurance Services260.52.1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1222.61.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services621.34.7
Administrative and Support Services841.83.0
Public Administration and Safety1683.57.8
Education and Training1673.59.3
Health Care and Social Assistance3136.614.2
Arts and Recreation Services461.01.9
Other Services1473.13.8
Industry not classified2004.23.4

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Tasmania: 5.3% Mining, Tasmania: 0.9% Manufacturing, Tasmania: 6.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Tasmania: 1.6% Construction, Tasmania: 7.6% Wholesale Trade, Tasmania: 2.2% Retail Trade, Tasmania: 10.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Tasmania: 7.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Tasmania: 4.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Tasmania: 1.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Tasmania: 2.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Tasmania: 1.2% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Tasmania: 4.7% Administrative and Support Services, Tasmania: 3.0% Public Administration and Safety, Tasmania: 7.8% Education and Training, Tasmania: 9.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, Tasmania: 14.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Tasmania: 1.9% Other Services, Tasmania: 3.8% Industry not classified, Tasmania: 3.4% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Northern Midlands: 17.0% Mining, Northern Midlands: 0.4% Manufacturing, Northern Midlands: 16.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Midlands: 0.9% Construction, Northern Midlands: 6.7% Wholesale Trade, Northern Midlands: 8.2% Retail Trade, Northern Midlands: 7.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Midlands: 4.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Midlands: 9.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Midlands: 0.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Midlands: 0.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Midlands: 2.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Midlands: 1.3% Administrative and Support Services, Northern Midlands: 1.8% Public Administration and Safety, Northern Midlands: 3.5% Education and Training, Northern Midlands: 3.5% Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Midlands: 6.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Midlands: 1.0% Other Services, Northern Midlands: 3.1% Industry not classified, Northern Midlands: 4.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Northern Midlands in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (807 local workers 17.0%)
  • Manufacturing (789 local workers 16.6%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (438 local workers 9.2%)

In combination these three industries employed 2,034 people in total or 42.7% of local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 5.3% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 6.9% in Manufacturing; and 4.2% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Northern Midlands and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (17.0% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (16.6% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Wholesale Trade (8.2% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (6.6% compared to 14.2%)