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Rural City of Murray Bridge

Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in the Rural City of Murray Bridge, making up 13.1% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Rural City of Murray Bridge 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 Rural City of Murray Bridge.

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 Rural City of Murray Bridge 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
Rural City of Murray Bridge20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7768.64.07108.43.9+66
Mining290.31.2200.21.3+9
Manufacturing1,11512.48.01,34015.910.6-225
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services911.01.2851.01.3+6
Construction5135.77.64475.37.5+66
Wholesale Trade6056.72.83434.13.5+262
Retail Trade1,17913.110.71,12013.311.2+59
Accommodation and Food Services4955.56.74595.56.2+36
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3724.14.13384.04.1+34
Information Media and Telecommunications931.01.31001.21.4-7
Financial and Insurance Services1011.12.71271.53.0-26
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services991.11.3841.01.3+15
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1671.95.51652.05.5+2
Administrative and Support Services2182.43.61952.33.4+23
Public Administration and Safety6497.27.15887.07.1+61
Education and Training6216.98.75746.88.0+47
Health Care and Social Assistance1,10212.314.81,08612.913.6+16
Arts and Recreation Services1481.61.41071.31.3+41
Other Services3343.73.93263.93.9+8
Industry not classified2843.23.31822.21.9+102
Total persons8,991100.0100.08,412100.0100.0+579

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 Rural City of Murray Bridge in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (1,179 people or 13.1%)
  • Manufacturing (1,115 people or 12.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,102 people or 12.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,396 people in total or 37.8% of the local workers.

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

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Rural City of Murray Bridge and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.6% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (12.4% compared to 8.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Wholesale Trade (6.7% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.9% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Rural City of Murray Bridge were for those employed in:

  • Wholesale Trade (+262 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-225 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+102 local workers)
  • Construction (+66 local workers)

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