Penrith City

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Penrith City, making up 16.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Penrith City 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 Penrith City.

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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Penrith City20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7721.02.07181.02.2+54
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9911.31.09421.40.9+49
Wholesale Trade2,2622.92.91,8942.83.1+368
Retail Trade8,71011.19.08,03411.79.7+676
Accommodation and Food Services5,0136.46.25,0007.37.1+13
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6,0337.74.64,2946.34.7+1,739
Information Media and Telecommunications5090.61.94650.72.2+44
Financial and Insurance Services1,1051.45.39551.45.0+150
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2601.61.71,1531.71.8+107
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,5893.38.92,3153.48.1+274
Administrative and Support Services1,8932.43.21,7482.53.5+145
Public Administration and Safety5,1986.65.84,8737.15.9+325
Education and Training7,5699.78.76,94310.18.3+626
Health Care and Social Assistance12,82916.414.49,76714.212.5+3,062
Arts and Recreation Services7571.01.49561.41.5-199
Other Services2,7213.53.42,6243.83.7+97
Industry not classified3,7564.84.63,7225.44.7+34
Total persons78,347100.0100.068,609100.0100.0+9,738

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Penrith City in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12,829 people or 16.4%)
  • Retail Trade (8,710 people or 11.1%)
  • Construction (7,828 people or 10.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 29,367 people in total or 37.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.0% in Retail Trade and 8.6% in Construction.

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 (3.3% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.4% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (7.7% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (8.1% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Penrith City were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,062 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+1,739 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,402 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+732 local workers)

Penrith City Council

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