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Northern Midlands Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Northern Midlands Council area, 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 the Northern Midlands Council area 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 Council area.

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 Northern Midlands Council area 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
Northern Midlands Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing80717.05.371616.24.8+91
Mining200.40.9150.31.2+5
Manufacturing78916.66.974817.08.7+41
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services410.91.6491.11.7-8
Construction3196.77.63277.47.6-8
Wholesale Trade3898.22.22946.73.3+95
Retail Trade3757.910.93387.711.3+37
Accommodation and Food Services2304.87.72796.37.3-49
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4389.24.23688.34.3+70
Information Media and Telecommunications150.31.4120.31.5+3
Financial and Insurance Services260.52.1350.82.4-9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1222.61.2982.21.3+24
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services621.34.7711.64.7-9
Administrative and Support Services841.83.0671.52.7+17
Public Administration and Safety1683.57.82285.29.0-60
Education and Training1673.59.31824.19.0-15
Health Care and Social Assistance3136.614.22906.612.0+23
Arts and Recreation Services461.01.9410.91.6+5
Other Services1473.13.81373.13.7+10
Industry not classified2004.23.41162.62.0+84
Total persons4,758100.0100.04,411100.0100.0+347

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

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Dominant groups

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

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

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,034 people in total or 42.7% of the 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 Council area and Tasmania were:

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

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Northern Midlands Council area were for those employed in:

  • Wholesale Trade (+95 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+91 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+84 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+70 local workers)

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