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Employment by industry (Total)

In RDA BGLAP Region, Manufacturing is the largest employer, generating 4,587 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in RDA BGLAP 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 RDA BGLAP 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 RDA BGLAP 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
RDA BGLAP Region2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,7449.84.02,77911.14.3-35
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1870.71.41210.51.5+65
Wholesale Trade5522.03.15792.33.3-27
Retail Trade3,85413.711.02,71810.910.8+1,136
Accommodation and Food Services2,1227.56.71,9067.66.4+216
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9653.44.59463.84.5+19
Information Media and Telecommunications2530.91.42421.01.7+12
Financial and Insurance Services3511.22.93091.22.9+42
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2120.81.22411.01.4-30
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9043.25.97993.25.6+106
Administrative and Support Services1,2594.53.51,0924.43.5+166
Public Administration and Safety8142.97.36722.77.0+142
Education and Training2,5058.98.62,1538.68.3+352
Health Care and Social Assistance3,21811.414.52,69710.814.0+521
Arts and Recreation Services3521.21.43261.31.5+26
Other Services1,1404.14.19283.74.0+213
Total industries28,139100.0100.024,927100.0100.0+3,212

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. 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 RDA BGLAP Region in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing (4,587 people or 16.3%)
  • Retail Trade (3,854 people or 13.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,218 people or 11.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 11,660 people in total or 41.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 8.5% in Manufacturing; 11.0% in Retail Trade and 14.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of RDA BGLAP Region and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (16.3% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (9.8% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (2.9% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.4% compared to 14.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in RDA BGLAP Region increased by increased by 3,212 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Retail Trade (+1,136 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+521 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+352 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+219 local workers)

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