Penrith City

Employment by industry (Total)

In Penrith City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 16,713 local jobs in 2020/21.

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 City2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,0591.12.18891.12.3+169
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,2261.31.01,1551.51.1+72
Wholesale Trade4,1994.53.42,2792.93.5+1,920
Retail Trade9,49010.19.59,33711.79.9+152
Accommodation and Food Services6,5066.96.56,0797.67.2+428
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,9146.35.05,0416.35.0+873
Information Media and Telecommunications5960.62.25480.72.4+48
Financial and Insurance Services1,0321.15.19921.25.1+40
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,1401.21.71,2831.61.8-143
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,2143.410.12,6833.48.7+531
Administrative and Support Services1,9302.13.32,2222.83.6-292
Public Administration and Safety5,4045.86.15,5216.95.9-117
Education and Training9,0139.68.78,40110.68.7+612
Health Care and Social Assistance16,71317.813.211,48014.412.9+5,233
Arts and Recreation Services1,3961.51.71,1901.51.7+205
Other Services3,4193.63.73,1884.03.8+231
Total industries93,919100.0100.079,584100.0100.0+14,335

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 Penrith City in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (16,713 people or 17.8%)
  • Construction (13,776 people or 14.7%)
  • Retail Trade (9,490 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 39,978 people in total or 42.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.0% in Construction and 9.5% 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 (3.4% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (14.7% compared to 9.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.8% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Penrith City increased by increased by 14,335 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+5,233 local workers)
  • Construction (+3,826 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+1,920 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+873 local workers)

Penrith City Council

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