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Berri Barmera Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Berri Barmera Council area, making up 18.6% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Berri Barmera Council area 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 Berri Barmera Council area.

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 Berri Barmera Council area 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
Berri Barmera Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4089.04.04369.63.9-28
Mining90.21.230.11.3+6
Manufacturing45610.18.050111.010.6-45
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1242.71.21182.61.3+6
Construction2104.67.61964.37.5+14
Wholesale Trade892.02.8972.13.5-8
Retail Trade52911.710.751011.211.2+19
Accommodation and Food Services2625.86.72976.56.2-35
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1032.34.1992.24.1+4
Information Media and Telecommunications210.51.3330.71.4-12
Financial and Insurance Services811.82.7861.93.0-5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services330.71.3521.11.3-19
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1473.25.51252.75.5+22
Administrative and Support Services1373.03.61232.73.4+14
Public Administration and Safety3207.17.13688.17.1-48
Education and Training3898.68.73778.38.0+12
Health Care and Social Assistance84218.614.879817.513.6+44
Arts and Recreation Services130.31.4320.71.3-19
Other Services2004.43.92034.53.9-3
Industry not classified1603.53.31042.31.9+56
Total persons4,533100.0100.04,553100.0100.0-20

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 Berri Barmera Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (842 people or 18.6%)
  • Retail Trade (529 people or 11.7%)
  • Manufacturing (456 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,827 people in total or 40.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.7% in Retail Trade and 8.0% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Berri Barmera Council area and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (9.0% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.6% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.6% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.2% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Berri Barmera Council area were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+56 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (-48 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-45 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+44 local workers)

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