Penrith City

Employment by industry (Total)

In Penrith City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 14,296 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Penrith City. 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 Penrith City 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 Penrith City'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
Penrith City2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8541.02.18601.12.2-7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0601.21.11,1071.41.0-48
Wholesale Trade3,2903.73.02,4453.03.4+845
Retail Trade9,70810.99.39,19411.39.6+514
Accommodation and Food Services6,2166.96.05,5096.86.9+707
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8,1749.15.15,8287.15.2+2,346
Information Media and Telecommunications6630.72.26180.82.4+45
Financial and Insurance Services1,1381.35.51,0051.24.8+133
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3951.61.81,2191.51.7+177
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,3873.810.12,8353.59.4+552
Administrative and Support Services2,3402.63.32,4603.03.5-120
Public Administration and Safety5,8416.56.15,1826.45.7+658
Education and Training8,2149.28.68,22210.18.5-8
Health Care and Social Assistance14,29616.014.211,85214.513.1+2,444
Arts and Recreation Services1,1111.21.61,2991.61.7-188
Other Services3,5404.03.83,0743.83.7+466
Total industries89,472100.0100.081,604100.0100.0+7,869

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. 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 Penrith City in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (14,296 people or 16.0%)
  • Construction (9,715 people or 10.9%)
  • Retail Trade (9,708 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 33,719 people in total or 37.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.9% in Construction and 9.3% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.8% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.3% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (9.1% compared to 5.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (9.3% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Penrith City increased by 7,869 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,444 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+2,346 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+845 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+707 local workers)

Penrith City Council

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