RDA Murraylands and Riverland

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RDA Murraylands and Riverland region

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 6,077 FTE jobs in 2019/20.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the RDA Murraylands and Riverland 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.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
RDA Murraylands and Riverland region2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6,07722.84.78,55331.46.5-2,476
Mining510.22.0900.32.4-39
Manufacturing3,36112.610.12,6039.510.0+758
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3231.21.72631.01.5+60
Construction2,0607.79.61,6175.98.7+443
Wholesale Trade9913.73.49403.43.2+51
Retail Trade2,3338.78.92,3658.79.2-31
Accommodation and Food Services1,0554.04.91,1714.35.2-116
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,4535.45.11,4055.25.4+48
Information Media and Telecommunications1950.71.61350.51.5+60
Financial and Insurance Services2300.92.52530.92.7-23
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2280.91.42190.81.4+9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6592.57.14681.76.7+191
Administrative and Support Services8033.03.37612.82.9+42
Public Administration and Safety1,3054.96.91,1834.36.9+122
Education and Training1,6806.38.21,6095.98.0+72
Health Care and Social Assistance2,73410.213.42,4769.112.5+258
Arts and Recreation Services3481.31.32500.91.4+98
Other Services7983.03.98923.34.0-94
Total industries26,685100.0100.027,253100.0100.0-568

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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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (6,077 people or 22.8%)
  • Manufacturing (3,361 people or 12.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,734 people or 10.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 12,172 people in total or 45.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 4.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 10.1% in Manufacturing and 13.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (22.8% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.5% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (10.2% compared to 13.4%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (12.6% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region increased by decreased by -568 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (+758 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+443 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+258 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+191 full-time equivalent local workers)

RDA Murraylands and Riverland

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