Employment by industry (Total)

In Tasmania, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 45,886 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in 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 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 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%. Tasmania2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing15,4365.55.513,4985.65.6+1,938
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5,2201.91.94,3671.81.8+853
Wholesale Trade6,7622.42.46,0462.52.5+716
Retail Trade27,1049.69.626,08310.810.8+1,021
Accommodation and Food Services21,0237.57.518,4797.67.6+2,544
Transport, Postal and Warehousing12,2054.34.310,9984.54.5+1,207
Information Media and Telecommunications3,6021.31.34,0181.71.7-416
Financial and Insurance Services5,7902.12.15,2082.22.2+582
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,2951.21.23,3401.41.4-45
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services16,0345.75.711,9424.94.9+4,091
Administrative and Support Services7,6322.72.76,5982.72.7+1,033
Public Administration and Safety20,2787.27.217,5317.27.2+2,747
Education and Training27,1619.69.621,8309.09.0+5,331
Health Care and Social Assistance45,88616.316.334,40814.214.2+11,478
Arts and Recreation Services5,5942.02.05,3622.22.2+232
Other Services10,8483.93.99,1303.83.8+1,718
Total industries281,760100.0100.0242,216100.0100.0+39,544

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 Tasmania in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (45,886 people or 16.3%)
  • Education and Training (27,161 people or 9.6%)
  • Retail Trade (27,104 people or 9.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 100,151 people in total or 35.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 16.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.6% in Education and Training and 9.6% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Other Services (3.9% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Arts and Recreation Services (2.0% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.3% compared to 16.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (9.6% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Tasmania increased by 39,544 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+11,478 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+5,331 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+4,091 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+2,747 local workers)

State Growth Tasmania

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