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Employment by industry (Total)

In the NSROC Region, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer, generating 85,260 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the NSROC 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 NSROC 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 NSROC 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
NSROC Region2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9040.22.11,2130.32.3-309
Mining8390.21.01,0050.31.0-165
Manufacturing19,7054.66.619,0885.06.7+617
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,6330.61.02,3900.61.1+243
Construction29,6987.09.027,1717.28.7+2,527
Wholesale Trade19,2544.53.423,7556.33.5-4,501
Retail Trade34,0058.09.531,4798.39.9+2,526
Accommodation and Food Services22,6645.36.520,3215.47.2+2,344
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7,5721.85.08,2112.25.0-639
Information Media and Telecommunications25,3576.02.224,8106.52.4+548
Financial and Insurance Services21,6465.15.116,6434.45.1+5,003
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services7,8651.91.77,5962.01.8+268
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services85,26020.110.160,87916.18.7+24,381
Administrative and Support Services13,9723.33.313,4163.53.6+556
Public Administration and Safety15,2783.66.113,0083.45.9+2,271
Education and Training40,5219.58.735,3829.38.7+5,139
Health Care and Social Assistance57,32113.513.253,22514.112.9+4,095
Arts and Recreation Services6,9411.61.75,8241.51.7+1,117
Other Services13,2373.13.713,3803.53.8-143
Total industries424,673100.0100.0378,796100.0100.0+45,877

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 NSROC Region in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (85,260 people or 20.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (57,321 people or 13.5%)
  • Education and Training (40,521 people or 9.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 183,101 people in total or 43.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.7% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the NSROC Region and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (20.1% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Information Media and Telecommunications (6.0% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1.8% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.6% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the NSROC Region increased by increased by 45,877 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+24,381 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+5,139 local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+5,003 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+4,095 local workers)

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