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Light Regional Council

Employment by industry (Total)

In Light Regional Council, Manufacturing is the largest employer, generating 1,488 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Light Regional Council. 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 Light Regional Council 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 Light Regional Council'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
Light Regional Council2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing91015.14.093919.04.3-29
Mining741.21.3821.71.7-8
Manufacturing1,48824.78.51,02320.89.5+465
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services340.61.4150.31.5+19
Construction5429.08.64689.58.2+74
Wholesale Trade1602.63.11452.93.3+15
Retail Trade4277.111.01984.010.8+230
Accommodation and Food Services3125.26.72655.46.4+47
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2083.44.52645.34.5-56
Information Media and Telecommunications530.91.4511.01.7+2
Financial and Insurance Services150.22.9190.42.9-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services280.51.2320.61.4-4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2113.55.91703.55.6+41
Administrative and Support Services1672.83.51152.33.5+51
Public Administration and Safety1482.57.31112.27.0+37
Education and Training70211.68.656111.48.3+141
Health Care and Social Assistance3365.614.52905.914.0+46
Arts and Recreation Services360.61.4370.71.5-1
Other Services1803.04.11473.04.0+33
Total industries6,031100.0100.04,931100.0100.0+1,100

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 Light Regional Council in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing (1,488 people or 24.7%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (910 people or 15.1%)
  • Education and Training (702 people or 11.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,100 people in total or 51.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 8.5% in Manufacturing; 4.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and 8.6% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Light Regional Council and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (24.7% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.1% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (5.6% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (2.5% compared to 7.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Light Regional Council increased by increased by 1,100 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Manufacturing (+465 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+230 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+141 local workers)
  • Construction (+74 local workers)

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