Wollongong City

Value added

In Wollongong City, Health Care and Social Assistance most productive industry, generating $1,248 million in 2020/21.

Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in Wollongong City. It shows how productive each industry sector is at increasing the value of its inputs. It is a more refined measure of the productivity of an industry sector than output (total gross revenue), as some industries have high levels of output but require large amounts of input expenditure to achieve that.

By comparing the value added of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Wollongong City’s economy. This can be done by directly comparing the percentage contribution of each industry to the total output, relative to the benchmark, or by using a location quotient, where a number greater than one indicates a high concentration of that industry and less than one indicates a lower concentration.

To see what contribution each industry makes to the state or region, see the Industry sector analysissection. To understand the value of a worker in each industry, view this dataset in conjunction with Worker productivity data, and to see the relationship of value added to the total size of the economy, go to the Gross Regional Product section.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Value added by industry sector
Wollongong City2020/212015/16Change
Industry$m%. New South Wales$m%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing39.
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services248.22.52.4227.32.32.6+20.9
Wholesale Trade285.32.85.3332.33.45.2-47.0
Retail Trade539.85.45.4512.35.35.2+27.5
Accommodation and Food Services264.72.62.6324.63.33.0-60.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing708.77.05.3680.17.06.4+28.5
Information Media and Telecommunications145.81.43.7139.81.43.4+5.9
Financial and Insurance Services726.27.212.7696.87.213.3+29.4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services371.03.74.6370.73.84.4+0.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services737.27.310.7611.06.38.9+126.1
Administrative and Support Services361.83.64.4435.74.54.7-73.9
Public Administration and Safety592.15.95.7511.95.35.4+80.2
Education and Training1,040.610.35.91,059.610.96.0-19.0
Health Care and Social Assistance1,247.912.48.51,031.410.67.1+216.5
Arts and Recreation Services94.60.90.989.90.90.9+4.7
Other Services271.42.71.9257.62.62.1+13.8
Total industries10,073.8100.0100.09,729.7100.0100.0+344.2

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 valued added by industry sectors in Wollongong City in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,248 million or 12.4%)
  • Education and Training (1,041 million or 10.3%)
  • Construction (1,027 million or 10.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 3,316 million in total or 32.9% of the total value added by industry in the Wollongong City.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in New South Wales accounted for 8.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 5.9% in Education and Training and 8.7% in Construction.

The major differences between the value added by industries of Wollongong City and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of value added by Financial and Insurance Services (7.2% compared to 12.7%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Mining (7.0% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Education and Training (10.3% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Health Care and Social Assistance (12.4% compared to 8.5%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in Wollongong City $increased by 344 million between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Wollongong City were for:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$216 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$126 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$80 million)
  • Construction (+$67 million)

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