RDA Yorke and Mid North Region

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Southern Flinders Region

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Southern Flinders Region, making up 16.1% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Southern Flinders 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 Southern Flinders 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, Southern Flinders 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
Southern Flinders Region20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,31013.04.01,30113.03.9+9
Mining610.61.2440.41.3+17
Manufacturing1,19811.98.01,19512.010.6+3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1701.71.21631.61.3+7
Construction6406.47.65185.27.5+122
Wholesale Trade2242.22.82652.73.5-41
Retail Trade1,15211.510.71,26812.711.2-116
Accommodation and Food Services6576.56.76686.76.2-11
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2983.04.13473.54.1-49
Information Media and Telecommunications440.41.3650.71.4-21
Financial and Insurance Services1171.22.71321.33.0-15
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services600.61.3680.71.3-8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1891.95.51541.55.5+35
Administrative and Support Services1972.03.62122.13.4-15
Public Administration and Safety5295.37.15305.37.1-1
Education and Training9179.18.78868.98.0+31
Health Care and Social Assistance1,61916.114.81,53315.413.6+86
Arts and Recreation Services520.51.4320.31.3+20
Other Services3303.33.93653.73.9-35
Industry not classified2532.53.31891.91.9+64
Total persons10,041100.0100.09,978100.0100.0+63

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 Southern Flinders Region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,619 people or 16.1%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,310 people or 13.0%)
  • Manufacturing (1,198 people or 11.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,127 people in total or 41.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 4.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and 8.0% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Southern Flinders Region and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (13.0% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (11.9% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.9% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (5.3% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Southern Flinders Region were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+122 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-116 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+86 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+64 local workers)

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