RDA Limestone Coast Region

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Limestone Coast region

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Limestone Coast region, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 6,478 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Limestone Coast 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 the Limestone Coast 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 the Limestone Coast 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
Limestone Coast region2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6,47819.84.06,28720.14.3+191
Mining920.31.3910.31.7+1
Manufacturing4,13012.68.54,06713.09.5+62
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3311.01.42490.81.5+82
Construction2,2486.98.62,2067.08.2+42
Wholesale Trade9372.93.11,0753.43.3-137
Retail Trade3,69111.311.03,62011.510.8+71
Accommodation and Food Services2,2156.86.71,9806.36.4+235
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,3674.24.51,3804.44.5-13
Information Media and Telecommunications2760.81.42880.91.7-12
Financial and Insurance Services4721.42.94761.52.9-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3601.11.23201.01.4+40
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8672.65.97132.35.6+154
Administrative and Support Services7702.43.57572.43.5+13
Public Administration and Safety1,3044.07.31,1673.77.0+137
Education and Training2,3327.18.62,1156.78.3+217
Health Care and Social Assistance3,39610.414.53,13610.014.0+259
Arts and Recreation Services2360.71.42530.81.5-17
Other Services1,2683.94.11,1663.74.0+101
Total industries32,769100.0100.031,346100.0100.0+1,423

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 the Limestone Coast region in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (6,478 people or 19.8%)
  • Manufacturing (4,130 people or 12.6%)
  • Retail Trade (3,691 people or 11.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 14,298 people in total or 43.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 4.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 8.5% in Manufacturing and 11.0% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Limestone Coast region and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.8% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (10.4% compared to 14.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (12.6% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (4.0% compared to 7.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Limestone Coast region increased by increased by 1,423 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+259 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+235 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+217 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+191 local workers)

RDA Limestone Coast Region

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