Wollongong City Council

Employment self-containment

In 2021, 66.0% of Wollongong City Council’s resident workers were employed locally.

Self-containment measures the proportion of resident workers who are employed within the boundaries of the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the propensity of residents to seek employment outside the Local Government Area or region in which they live.

Self containment is likely to be higher for regional areas and, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-containment data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Residents place of workdata to see where resident workers are accessing employment, along with Jobs to workers ratio data which provides the theoretical number of jobs which could be provided to residents of Wollongong City Council in the local area, and is updated annually. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

  • Industry
  • Occupations
Employment self-containment by Industry
Wollongong City Council20212016Change
IndustryTotal resident workersResident workers employed in the region% of resident workers employed in the regionTotal resident workersResident workers employed in the region% of resident workers employed in the region2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing25313754.227015155.9-1.8%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services97354155.687744250.4+5.2%
Wholesale Trade1,63489154.51,76996254.4+0.1%
Retail Trade8,3446,15273.78,4016,04471.9+1.8%
Accommodation and Food Services6,8735,62181.86,5465,49583.9-2.2%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,3242,47357.23,9872,30557.8-0.6%
Information Media and Telecommunications1,09853648.81,08060255.7-6.9%
Financial and Insurance Services3,4482,14162.13,3862,25266.5-4.4%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,18385071.91,24696377.3-5.4%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,5793,99860.85,0573,27864.8-4.1%
Administrative and Support Services2,9741,88363.32,9781,91164.2-0.9%
Public Administration and Safety6,9943,78054.06,3333,56756.3-2.3%
Education and Training10,9627,60669.410,3617,33770.8-1.4%
Health Care and Social Assistance16,91812,41173.413,0509,88975.8-2.4%
Arts and Recreation Services1,47497766.31,31484864.5+1.8%
Other Services3,6532,61071.43,4972,57873.7-2.3%
Industry not classified3,4932,25264.53,2142,11965.9-1.5%
Total Industries97,94364,67066.088,18058,95866.9-0.8%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021 Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions).

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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