Wagga Wagga City

Employment by industry (Total)

In Wagga Wagga City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 5,798 local jobs in 2020/21.

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 City2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,2073.52.11,6034.72.3-396
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3331.01.03481.01.1-14
Wholesale Trade8602.53.49042.73.5-44
Retail Trade3,40810.09.53,68510.89.9-277
Accommodation and Food Services2,8808.46.52,2716.77.2+609
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,2213.65.01,5134.45.0-291
Information Media and Telecommunications3561.02.24581.32.4-101
Financial and Insurance Services7472.25.15691.75.1+178
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3691.11.73971.21.8-28
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,3293.910.11,3113.88.7+19
Administrative and Support Services8462.53.39302.73.6-83
Public Administration and Safety3,77511.06.13,78711.15.9-12
Education and Training3,3099.78.73,43810.18.7-129
Health Care and Social Assistance5,79817.013.25,49516.112.9+303
Arts and Recreation Services2680.81.73040.91.7-36
Other Services1,2783.73.71,3484.03.8-70
Total industries34,160100.0100.034,116100.0100.0+44

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 Wagga Wagga City in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,798 people or 17.0%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (3,775 people or 11.0%)
  • Retail Trade (3,408 people or 10.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 12,981 people in total or 38.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 6.1% in Public Administration and Safety and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.9% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (11.0% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.0% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.2% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Wagga Wagga City increased by increased by 44 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Accommodation and Food Services (+609 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+383 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+303 local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+178 local workers)

Wagga Wagga City Council

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