City of West Torrens

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City of West Torrens

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of West Torrens, making up 12.1% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of West Torrens 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 the City of West Torrens.

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, the City of West Torrens 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
City of West Torrens20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1700.44.01330.33.9+37
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,4933.51.21,5923.61.3-99
Wholesale Trade1,7674.12.82,5785.83.5-811
Retail Trade4,53310.610.74,63610.411.2-103
Accommodation and Food Services1,8964.46.71,6933.86.2+203
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,17012.04.14,82710.94.1+343
Information Media and Telecommunications7391.71.38672.01.4-128
Financial and Insurance Services1,3693.22.71,9464.43.0-577
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services7291.71.36991.61.3+30
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,0714.85.51,7083.85.5+363
Administrative and Support Services1,8214.23.61,9404.43.4-119
Public Administration and Safety2,1555.07.12,7426.27.1-587
Education and Training1,9414.58.71,9814.58.0-40
Health Care and Social Assistance5,17712.114.84,3639.813.6+814
Arts and Recreation Services5441.31.44681.11.3+76
Other Services2,1775.13.92,1534.83.9+24
Industry not classified1,4483.43.38712.01.9+577
Total persons42,923100.0100.044,427100.0100.0-1,504

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,177 people or 12.1%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (5,170 people or 12.0%)
  • Manufacturing (4,656 people or 10.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 15,003 people in total or 35.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 4.1% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 8.0% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of West Torrens and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (12.0% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (4.5% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.4% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (10.8% compared to 8.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Manufacturing (-1,745 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+814 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-811 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (-587 local workers)

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