Northern Tasmania Region

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Northern Tasmania Region

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Northern Tasmania Region, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 10,892 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Northern Tasmania Region. 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 Northern Tasmania Region 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 Northern Tasmania Region'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
Northern Tasmania Region2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4,7467.16.04,1516.45.4+595
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0191.51.71,1051.71.8-86
Wholesale Trade2,0313.12.52,4683.83.0-437
Retail Trade7,39411.110.57,52611.611.0-132
Accommodation and Food Services5,0807.67.44,9267.67.6+154
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,6634.04.33,0344.74.5-371
Information Media and Telecommunications7241.11.49021.41.8-177
Financial and Insurance Services1,4582.22.11,5902.52.2-133
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8441.31.29331.41.4-89
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,0534.65.62,5994.04.7+454
Administrative and Support Services1,6212.42.61,7922.82.9-171
Public Administration and Safety3,5635.48.03,6005.58.0-38
Education and Training5,8908.99.36,1419.59.4-251
Health Care and Social Assistance10,89216.414.69,11114.013.5+1,781
Arts and Recreation Services1,3592.02.41,0841.71.8+275
Other Services2,3433.53.52,4593.83.8-116
Total industries66,487100.0100.064,913100.0100.0+1,574

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 Northern Tasmania Region in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,892 people or 16.4%)
  • Retail Trade (7,394 people or 11.1%)
  • Manufacturing (6,025 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 24,311 people in total or 36.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 14.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.5% in Retail Trade and 7.5% in Manufacturing.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (5.4% compared to 8.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.4% compared to 14.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (9.1% compared to 7.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (7.1% compared to 6.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Northern Tasmania Region increased by increased by 1,574 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,781 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+595 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+454 local workers)
  • Construction (+407 local workers)

Northern Tasmania Region

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