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Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in Shellharbour City, making up 17.8% of total employment.

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

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. Shellharbour City currently subscribe to the “LITE” version of, which does not feature this extended dataset. In order to directly compare worker numbers between 2011 and 2016, it is recommended that Shellharbour City subscribe to the FULL version of

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Shellharbour City 2016
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%New South Wales %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing920.52.2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services910.50.9
Wholesale Trade3261.93.1
Retail Trade3,10617.89.7
Accommodation and Food Services1,6489.47.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5102.94.7
Information Media and Telecommunications840.52.2
Financial and Insurance Services2971.75.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2471.41.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5152.98.1
Administrative and Support Services5112.93.5
Public Administration and Safety1,0946.35.9
Education and Training2,10312.08.3
Health Care and Social Assistance2,89716.612.5
Arts and Recreation Services2201.31.5
Other Services7964.63.7
Industry not classified6523.74.7

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, New South Wales: 2.2% Mining, New South Wales: 0.9% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 5.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.9% Construction, New South Wales: 8.4% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 3.1% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 9.7% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 7.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 2.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 8.1% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 5.9% Education and Training, New South Wales: 8.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 12.5% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.5% Other Services, New South Wales: 3.7% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 4.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Shellharbour City: 0.5% Mining, Shellharbour City: 1.2% Manufacturing, Shellharbour City: 2.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Shellharbour City: 0.5% Construction, Shellharbour City: 9.5% Wholesale Trade, Shellharbour City: 1.9% Retail Trade, Shellharbour City: 17.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Shellharbour City: 9.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Shellharbour City: 2.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, Shellharbour City: 0.5% Financial and Insurance Services, Shellharbour City: 1.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Shellharbour City: 1.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Shellharbour City: 2.9% Administrative and Support Services, Shellharbour City: 2.9% Public Administration and Safety, Shellharbour City: 6.3% Education and Training, Shellharbour City: 12.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Shellharbour City: 16.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Shellharbour City: 1.3% Other Services, Shellharbour City: 4.6% Industry not classified, Shellharbour City: 3.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Shellharbour City in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (3,106 local workers 17.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,897 local workers 16.6%)
  • Education and Training (2,103 local workers 12.0%)

In combination these three industries employed 8,106 people in total or 46.4% of local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.7% in Retail Trade; 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 8.3% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Shellharbour City and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (17.8% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (16.6% compared to 12.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Education and Training (12.0% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.9% compared to 8.1%)