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Industry sector of employment

More Australia residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2011.

Australia’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.

Derived from the two Census questions:

'What best describes the business of your employer?' and 'What are the main goods produced or main services provided by your employers business?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
Australia - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Industry sectorNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing249,8252.50.6280,9223.10.7-31,097
Mining176,4291.81.0106,8971.20.7+69,532
Manufacturing902,8189.09.4952,01210.511.1-49,194
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services115,5791.11.189,4491.00.9+26,130
Construction828,8388.28.0709,8457.87.5+118,993
Wholesale trade403,7894.04.6396,3594.45.0+7,430
Retail Trade1,057,23010.510.31,033,19311.311.1+24,037
Accommodation and Food Services650,3566.56.0575,1156.35.8+75,241
Transport, Postal and Warehousing479,1154.85.0427,7954.74.9+51,320
Information Media and Telecommunications178,1871.82.2176,8191.92.3+1,368
Financial and Insurance Services377,3463.84.7348,5863.84.8+28,760
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services158,8471.61.6153,9061.71.7+4,941
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services730,0217.38.7602,0176.67.9+128,004
Administrative and Support Services323,7203.23.4286,6253.13.4+37,095
Public Administration and Safety689,5556.96.3608,5956.76.1+80,960
Education and Training804,3068.07.9697,8077.77.6+106,499
Health Care and Social Assistance1,167,57311.611.5956,15010.510.5+211,423
Arts and Recreation Services151,5481.51.6127,3961.41.5+24,152
Other Services378,1963.83.7338,2103.73.7+39,986
Inadequately described or not stated233,8652.32.4236,4892.62.6-2,624

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Industry sector of employment, 2011
Industry sector of employment, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Greater Capital Cities: 0.6% Mining, Greater Capital Cities: 1.0% Manufacturing, Greater Capital Cities: 9.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Greater Capital Cities: 1.1% Construction, Greater Capital Cities: 8.0% Wholesale trade, Greater Capital Cities: 4.6% Retail Trade, Greater Capital Cities: 10.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Greater Capital Cities: 6.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Greater Capital Cities: 5.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Greater Capital Cities: 2.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Greater Capital Cities: 4.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Greater Capital Cities: 1.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Greater Capital Cities: 8.7% Administrative and Support Services, Greater Capital Cities: 3.4% Public Administration and Safety, Greater Capital Cities: 6.3% Education and Training, Greater Capital Cities: 7.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Greater Capital Cities: 11.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Greater Capital Cities: 1.6% Other Services, Greater Capital Cities: 3.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Greater Capital Cities: 2.4% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Australia: 2.5% Mining, Australia: 1.8% Manufacturing, Australia: 9.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Australia: 1.1% Construction, Australia: 8.2% Wholesale trade, Australia: 4.0% Retail Trade, Australia: 10.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Australia: 6.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Australia: 4.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Australia: 1.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Australia: 3.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Australia: 1.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Australia: 7.3% Administrative and Support Services, Australia: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, Australia: 6.9% Education and Training, Australia: 8.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Australia: 11.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Australia: 1.5% Other Services, Australia: 3.8% Inadequately described or not stated, Australia: 2.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Australia: -31,097 Mining, Australia: +69,532 Manufacturing, Australia: -49,194 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Australia: +26,130 Construction, Australia: +118,993 Wholesale trade, Australia: +7,430 Retail Trade, Australia: +24,037 Accommodation and Food Services, Australia: +75,241 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Australia: +51,320 Information Media and Telecommunications, Australia: +1,368 Financial and Insurance Services, Australia: +28,760 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Australia: +4,941 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Australia: +128,004 Administrative and Support Services, Australia: +37,095 Public Administration and Safety, Australia: +80,960 Education and Training, Australia: +106,499 Health Care and Social Assistance, Australia: +211,423 Arts and Recreation Services, Australia: +24,152 Other Services, Australia: +39,986 Inadequately described or not stated, Australia: -2,624
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Australia in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,167,573 people or 11.6%)
  • Retail Trade (1,057,230 people or 10.5%)
  • Manufacturing (902,818 people or 9.0%)

In combination, these three industries employed 3,127,621 people in total or 31.1% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Greater Capital Cities employed 11.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Retail Trade; and 9.4% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Australia and Greater Capital Cities were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (2.5% compared to 0.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (7.3% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Australia increased by 952,956 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2006 and 2011 in Australia were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+211,423 persons)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+128,004 persons)
  • Construction (+118,993 persons)
  • Education and Training (+106,499 persons)

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