RDA Murraylands and Riverland

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RDA Murraylands and Riverland region

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region, making up 19.6% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland 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 RDA Murraylands and Riverland 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 RDA Murraylands and Riverland 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
RDA Murraylands and Riverland region20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5,41519.64.05,39219.83.9+23
Mining770.31.2430.21.3+34
Manufacturing2,5519.28.02,89810.610.6-347
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3131.11.23001.11.3+13
Construction1,4365.27.61,2724.77.5+164
Wholesale Trade1,0193.72.89353.43.5+84
Retail Trade3,01610.910.73,05911.211.2-43
Accommodation and Food Services1,6506.06.71,6556.16.2-5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1224.14.11,1444.24.1-22
Information Media and Telecommunications1870.71.32040.71.4-17
Financial and Insurance Services3031.12.73111.13.0-8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2250.81.32480.91.3-23
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5572.05.54781.85.5+79
Administrative and Support Services9673.53.68163.03.4+151
Public Administration and Safety1,4825.47.11,4535.37.1+29
Education and Training1,9727.18.71,9447.18.0+28
Health Care and Social Assistance3,26211.814.83,24711.913.6+15
Arts and Recreation Services2300.81.42210.81.3+9
Other Services9493.43.99873.63.9-38
Industry not classified9433.43.35211.91.9+422
Total persons27,686100.0100.027,288100.0100.0+398

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 RDA Murraylands and Riverland region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (5,415 people or 19.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,262 people or 11.8%)
  • Retail Trade (3,016 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 11,693 people in total or 42.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 4.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 10.7% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.6% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.0% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.8% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.2% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Industry not classified (+422 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-347 local workers)
  • Construction (+164 local workers)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+151 local workers)

RDA Murraylands and Riverland

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