Wagga Wagga City

Employment by industry (Total)

In Wagga Wagga City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 5,748 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Wagga Wagga 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 Wagga Wagga 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 Wagga Wagga 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
Wagga Wagga City2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,0623.02.11,2193.62.3-157
Mining600.20.9390.11.1+21
Manufacturing2,5417.36.82,4367.27.6+105
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4561.31.03571.11.1+99
Construction3,1949.19.43,2789.78.4-84
Wholesale Trade1,0092.93.61,4434.34.0-434
Retail Trade3,76910.810.33,72911.110.1+40
Accommodation and Food Services2,2936.57.02,4537.37.1-160
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,5734.55.01,5004.55.1+73
Information Media and Telecommunications2220.62.33691.12.4-147
Financial and Insurance Services5171.55.16161.85.1-99
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4201.21.64511.31.8-31
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,2943.79.11,2253.68.3+70
Administrative and Support Services9772.83.39142.73.5+63
Public Administration and Safety4,43012.66.03,78311.25.9+647
Education and Training3,59410.38.53,40110.18.5+193
Health Care and Social Assistance5,74816.412.44,83614.412.1+912
Arts and Recreation Services3561.01.62610.81.7+94
Other Services1,5174.33.91,3614.03.9+156
Total industries35,034100.0100.033,672100.0100.0+1,362

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,748 people or 16.4%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (4,430 people or 12.6%)
  • Retail Trade (3,769 people or 10.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 13,948 people in total or 39.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 6.0% in Public Administration and Safety and 10.3% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (12.6% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.7% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.4% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.5% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Wagga Wagga City increased by increased by 1,362 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+912 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+647 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+193 local workers)
  • Other Services (+156 local workers)

Wagga Wagga City Council

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