RDA Limestone Coast Region

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Limestone Coast region

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Limestone Coast region, making up 17.3% of total employment.

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

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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Limestone Coast region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Limestone Coast region20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4,92117.34.04,87416.83.9+47
Mining460.21.2390.11.3+7
Manufacturing3,42212.08.04,22914.510.6-807
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1960.71.22310.81.3-35
Construction1,6025.67.61,7856.17.5-183
Wholesale Trade7782.72.81,0263.53.5-248
Retail Trade3,47712.210.73,61312.411.2-136
Accommodation and Food Services1,8916.66.71,9786.86.2-87
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1674.14.11,2024.14.1-35
Information Media and Telecommunications1720.61.32050.71.4-33
Financial and Insurance Services4121.42.74511.63.0-39
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2881.01.32760.91.3+12
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7092.55.56652.35.5+44
Administrative and Support Services5832.03.66042.13.4-21
Public Administration and Safety1,1954.27.11,1113.87.1+84
Education and Training2,1057.48.71,9406.78.0+165
Health Care and Social Assistance3,19211.214.82,89710.013.6+295
Arts and Recreation Services1730.61.41790.61.3-6
Other Services1,1374.03.91,1223.93.9+15
Industry not classified9393.33.35241.81.9+415
Total persons28,519100.0100.029,075100.0100.0-556

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Limestone Coast region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (4,921 people or 17.3%)
  • Retail Trade (3,477 people or 12.2%)
  • Manufacturing (3,422 people or 12.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 11,820 people in total or 41.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 4.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 10.7% in Retail Trade and 8.0% in Manufacturing.

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 (17.3% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (12.0% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.2% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.5% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Limestone Coast region were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-807 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+415 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+295 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-248 local workers)

RDA Limestone Coast Region

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