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Employment by industry (Total)

In the Tasmania, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 33,659 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Tasmania. 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 the Tasmania 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 the Tasmania'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
IndustryNumber%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing12,2164.94.911,9205.15.1+296
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4,2601.71.74,5131.91.9-253
Wholesale Trade6,2072.52.57,1093.13.1-902
Retail Trade27,68711.211.225,53511.011.0+2,151
Accommodation and Food Services17,8337.27.217,0257.37.3+808
Transport, Postal and Warehousing10,5524.34.310,4794.54.5+73
Information Media and Telecommunications4,1131.71.74,4171.91.9-305
Financial and Insurance Services5,2552.12.15,2722.32.3-16
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,0561.21.23,1291.31.3-73
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services12,8045.25.211,0214.74.7+1,782
Administrative and Support Services6,4672.62.66,5502.82.8-83
Public Administration and Safety19,9158.08.018,9428.18.1+973
Education and Training23,5419.59.521,6459.39.3+1,896
Health Care and Social Assistance33,65913.613.629,98612.912.9+3,673
Arts and Recreation Services6,2042.52.54,3141.91.9+1,890
Other Services9,1053.73.78,9373.83.8+169
Total industries247,562100.0100.0232,586100.0100.0+14,977

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts. 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 the Tasmania in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (33,659 people or 13.6%)
  • Retail Trade (27,687 people or 11.2%)
  • Education and Training (23,541 people or 9.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 84,887 people in total or 34.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 13.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 11.2% in Retail Trade and 9.5% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Tasmania and Tasmania were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Other Services (3.7% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Arts and Recreation Services (2.5% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (13.6% compared to 13.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (9.5% compared to 9.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Tasmania increased by increased by 14,977 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Construction (+4,290 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,673 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+2,151 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,896 local workers)

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