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Wakefield Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Wakefield Regional Council area, making up 27.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in RDA Yorke and Mid North 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 Wakefield Regional 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).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Wakefield Regional Council area is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for Wakefield Regional Council area.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Wakefield Regional Council area 2016
Industry
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Number%Regional SA %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing73727.415.1
Mining00.03.5
Manufacturing45116.89.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services230.91.0
Construction762.85.7
Wholesale Trade1214.52.6
Retail Trade1656.110.7
Accommodation and Food Services1124.27.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1345.03.8
Information Media and Telecommunications140.50.6
Financial and Insurance Services110.41.2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services120.40.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services250.92.4
Administrative and Support Services371.42.9
Public Administration and Safety1304.84.9
Education and Training2408.97.9
Health Care and Social Assistance2459.112.0
Arts and Recreation Services170.60.8
Other Services511.93.6
Industry not classified853.23.2

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

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional SA: 15.1% Mining, Regional SA: 3.5% Manufacturing, Regional SA: 9.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional SA: 1.0% Construction, Regional SA: 5.7% Wholesale Trade, Regional SA: 2.6% Retail Trade, Regional SA: 10.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional SA: 7.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional SA: 3.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional SA: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional SA: 1.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional SA: 0.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional SA: 2.4% Administrative and Support Services, Regional SA: 2.9% Public Administration and Safety, Regional SA: 4.9% Education and Training, Regional SA: 7.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional SA: 12.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional SA: 0.8% Other Services, Regional SA: 3.6% Industry not classified, Regional SA: 3.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Wakefield Regional Council area: 27.4% Mining, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.0% Manufacturing, Wakefield Regional Council area: 16.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.9% Construction, Wakefield Regional Council area: 2.8% Wholesale Trade, Wakefield Regional Council area: 4.5% Retail Trade, Wakefield Regional Council area: 6.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 4.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Wakefield Regional Council area: 5.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.5% Financial and Insurance Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.9% Administrative and Support Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 1.4% Public Administration and Safety, Wakefield Regional Council area: 4.8% Education and Training, Wakefield Regional Council area: 8.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Wakefield Regional Council area: 9.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.6% Other Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 1.9% Industry not classified, Wakefield Regional Council area: 3.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Wakefield Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (737 local workers 27.4%)
  • Manufacturing (451 local workers 16.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (245 local workers 9.1%)

In combination these three industries employed 1,433 people in total or 53.4% of local workers.

In comparison, Regional SA employed 15.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 9.9% in Manufacturing; and 12.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Wakefield Regional Council area and Regional SA were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (27.4% compared to 15.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (16.8% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (6.1% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.0% compared to 3.5%)

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