Shoalhaven City

Employment by industry (Total)

In Shoalhaven City, Construction is the largest employer, generating 5,961 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Shoalhaven City. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Shoalhaven City regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Shoalhaven City's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Shoalhaven City2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1582.92.18672.22.3+291
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4991.21.04731.21.1+25
Wholesale Trade4641.13.45241.33.5-60
Retail Trade4,40110.89.54,80712.19.9-406
Accommodation and Food Services3,6389.06.53,8369.77.2-198
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,3213.35.01,3583.45.0-37
Information Media and Telecommunications3971.02.23771.02.4+20
Financial and Insurance Services4661.15.14791.25.1-13
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5801.41.76741.71.8-94
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,9754.910.11,7464.48.7+228
Administrative and Support Services1,2213.03.31,8034.53.6-582
Public Administration and Safety3,6088.96.13,9109.95.9-302
Education and Training3,0397.58.73,2548.28.7-215
Health Care and Social Assistance5,93714.613.26,37116.112.9-434
Arts and Recreation Services5221.31.75961.51.7-74
Other Services1,8844.63.71,4803.73.8+403
Total industries40,582100.0100.039,626100.0100.0+956

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Shoalhaven City in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (5,961 people or 14.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,937 people or 14.6%)
  • Retail Trade (4,401 people or 10.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 16,299 people in total or 40.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.0% in Construction; 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (14.7% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.9% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (8.9% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Shoalhaven City increased by increased by 956 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Construction (+1,244 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+1,008 local workers)
  • Other Services (+403 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+291 local workers)

Shoalhaven City Council

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