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Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area in 2020/21 was 0.98, meaning that there were less jobs than resident workers. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing had the highest ratio (1.11), while the lowest ratio was found in Arts and Recreation Services (0.76).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment capacity by industry
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area2020/212015/16
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7636881.119148571.07
Mining45580.77871440.60
Manufacturing1,2171,3700.891,3021,3600.96
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,3641,3850.999921,0490.95
Construction4,2294,4120.963,3593,5750.94
Wholesale Trade5185360.977438010.93
Retail Trade3,3483,5040.963,9093,9490.99
Accommodation and Food Services2,7692,9990.922,9463,0130.98
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,2551,2790.981,2501,2630.99
Information Media and Telecommunications2042160.942753000.92
Financial and Insurance Services5515181.065896570.90
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4964511.106036370.95
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,3301,3790.961,3441,4520.93
Administrative and Support Services1,3291,4310.931,2641,2391.02
Public Administration and Safety1,4571,4621.001,5151,8240.83
Education and Training3,4753,6000.973,2743,5270.93
Health Care and Social Assistance6,5926,1911.065,9216,0670.98
Arts and Recreation Services3084060.763804100.93
Other Services1,8841,9480.971,4011,4370.98
Total industries33,13333,8350.9832,06733,5610.96

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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