RDA Yorke and Mid North Region

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Port Pirie Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Port Pirie Regional Council area, making up 18.3% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Port Pirie Regional 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 Port Pirie 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).

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, Port Pirie Regional 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
Port Pirie Regional Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2553.84.02413.83.9+14
Mining530.81.2340.51.3+19
Manufacturing99214.98.096915.110.6+23
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1221.81.21262.01.3-4
Construction4737.17.63485.47.5+125
Wholesale Trade1231.82.81241.93.5-1
Retail Trade83612.610.792314.411.2-87
Accommodation and Food Services4767.26.74517.06.2+25
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2063.14.12353.74.1-29
Information Media and Telecommunications410.61.3550.91.4-14
Financial and Insurance Services821.22.7921.43.0-10
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services490.71.3621.01.3-13
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1362.05.51081.75.5+28
Administrative and Support Services1492.23.61552.43.4-6
Public Administration and Safety3595.47.13685.77.1-9
Education and Training6189.38.75718.98.0+47
Health Care and Social Assistance1,21518.314.81,12017.513.6+95
Arts and Recreation Services480.71.4290.51.3+19
Other Services2383.63.92533.93.9-15
Industry not classified1792.73.31342.11.9+45
Total persons6,650100.0100.06,410100.0100.0+240

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 Port Pirie Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,215 people or 18.3%)
  • Manufacturing (992 people or 14.9%)
  • Retail Trade (836 people or 12.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,043 people in total or 45.8% of the local workers.

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

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Port Pirie Regional Council area and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (14.9% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.0% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.3% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (12.6% compared to 10.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Construction (+125 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+95 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-87 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+47 local workers)

RDA Yorke and Mid North Region

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