Wagga Wagga City

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Wagga Wagga City, making up 16.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Wagga Wagga City regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across Wagga Wagga City.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Wagga Wagga City in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Wagga Wagga City20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1123.62.21,0413.52.2+71
Mining240.10.9390.11.0-15
Manufacturing2,0166.65.92,2107.58.5-194
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3581.20.93281.11.1+30
Construction2,0196.68.41,8176.27.3+202
Wholesale Trade8012.63.11,0983.74.5-297
Retail Trade3,37511.09.73,50611.910.4-131
Accommodation and Food Services2,1757.17.12,1517.36.7+24
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1953.94.71,3244.55.0-129
Information Media and Telecommunications2951.02.23191.12.3-24
Financial and Insurance Services5571.85.06412.25.1-84
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3631.21.83921.31.6-29
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,2003.98.11,0943.77.9+106
Administrative and Support Services7592.53.56822.33.3+77
Public Administration and Safety3,63211.95.93,50811.95.9+124
Education and Training3,19810.58.33,20610.97.9-8
Health Care and Social Assistance5,00916.412.54,17914.211.6+830
Arts and Recreation Services2730.91.51920.71.5+81
Other Services1,2124.03.71,2124.13.8--
Industry not classified1,0243.34.75741.92.5+450
Total persons30,597100.0100.029,525100.0100.0+1,072

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Wagga Wagga City in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,009 people or 16.4%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (3,632 people or 11.9%)
  • Retail Trade (3,375 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 12,016 people in total or 39.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 5.9% in Public Administration and Safety and 9.7% 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 (11.9% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.9% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.4% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.8% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Wagga Wagga City were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+830 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+450 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-297 local workers)
  • Construction (+202 local workers)

Wagga Wagga City Council

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