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City of Launceston

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Launceston, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 7,650 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 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 Launceston2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5781.46.06031.55.4-25
Mining850.21.11330.31.4-47
Manufacturing2,6216.57.52,6256.58.3-3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7101.81.78102.01.8-99
Construction2,9787.38.32,7726.97.7+206
Wholesale Trade1,1912.92.51,4973.73.0-306
Retail Trade5,07312.510.55,21712.911.0-144
Accommodation and Food Services3,2358.07.43,1177.77.6+118
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,4443.64.31,5994.04.5-155
Information Media and Telecommunications6201.51.47841.91.8-163
Financial and Insurance Services1,3403.32.11,4433.62.2-103
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5201.31.25811.41.4-61
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,4286.05.62,0415.14.7+387
Administrative and Support Services1,0052.52.61,1302.82.9-124
Public Administration and Safety2,4706.18.02,5366.38.0-66
Education and Training4,23710.49.34,32910.79.4-91
Health Care and Social Assistance7,65018.914.66,83116.913.5+818
Arts and Recreation Services7121.82.45271.31.8+185
Other Services1,6624.13.51,7324.33.8-71
Total industries40,561100.0100.040,305100.0100.0+256

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,650 people or 18.9%)
  • Retail Trade (5,073 people or 12.5%)
  • Education and Training (4,237 people or 10.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 16,960 people in total or 41.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 14.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.5% in Retail Trade and 9.3% 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 (1.4% compared to 6.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.9% compared to 14.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (12.5% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (6.1% compared to 8.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Launceston increased by increased by 256 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+818 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+387 local workers)
  • Construction (+206 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+185 local workers)

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