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Snapshot of employment by industry, 2018



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Snapshot of employment by industry, 2018

Posted 01/05/2018 by Penny Vandenbroek

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) r eleases quarterly estimates of employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterl y, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being February 2018.

The next available data (May 2018) will be released on 21 June 2018.

Estimates of employment by industry division are available in trend, seasonally adjusted and original series. For finer level detail on industry of employment (e.g. sub-division), the ABS releases original (unadjusted) estimates. Data is classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (Revision 2.0), cat. no. 1292.0 (see Chapter 8 - The detailed classification).

Given the ongoing interest in employment by industry, two tables published in a 2017 Flagpost have been updated using quarterly estimates from 2017 and 2018. Table 1 presents estimates from the trend series and Table 2 presents an average of quarterly estimates from the original series by sex. To enable comparisons, estimates for each industry division and the total number of people employed are included. The estimates represent national figures. Estimates are also available by state/territory, greater capital city/balance of state and labour market region (SA4). For different time periods, or for other employment characteristics, refer to the quarterly release (via the ‘Downloads’ tab). For additional information on this theme, refer to the Parliamentary Library publication, Employment by industry statistics: a quick guide.

1. Employed people by industry—Feb 2017 and Feb 2018 (quarterly, trend)

Employed people

Proportion of total employed

Feb-17 Feb-18 Change Feb- 17 to Feb-18

Feb-17 Feb-18

Industry of employment (Division)(a) ('000) ('000) (%) (%) (%)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 298.8 325.8 9.0 2.5 2.6

Mining 222.8 226.5 1.6 1.8 1.8

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Manufacturing 915.9 894.1 -2.4 7.6 7.2

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 134.4 148.7 10.6 1.1 1.2

Construction 1,099.1 1,198.1 9.0 9.1 9.6

Wholesale Trade 363.1 370.0 1.9 3.0 3.0

Retail Trade 1,242.9 1,311.0 5.5 10.3 10.5

Accommodation and Food Services 867.9 881.5 1.6 7.2 7.1

Transport, Postal and Warehousing 617.9 653.9 5.8 5.1 5.2

Information Media and Telecommunications

218.8 214.1 -2.2 1.8 1.7

Financial and Insurance Services 437.8 423.6 -3.2 3.6 3.4

Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 213.7 220.5 3.2 1.8 1.8

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 1,012.5 1,025.2 1.3 8.4 8.2

Administrative and Support Services 417.4 406.6 -2.6 3.5 3.3

Public Administration and Safety 788.2 707.0 -10.3 6.5 5.7

Education and Training 983.1 1,038.6 5.6 8.1 8.3

Health Care and Social Assistance 1,570.4 1,698.0 8.1 13.0 13.6

Arts and Recreation Services 215.7 253.7 17.6 1.8 2.0

Other Services 486.4 509.5 4.8 4.0 4.1

Total employed 12,094.6 12,494.1 3.3 100.0 100.0

Source: ABS, Labour force, detailed, quarterly, Feb 2018, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003 (Table 04: trend)

Note: some of the estimates shown for Feb 2017 differ to those previously published due to the ABS undertaking a rebenchmarking process. This process involves reviewing the population estimates used to benchmark the Labour Force Survey, and in some cases results in minor revisions to the series of estimates.

2. Share of industry employment by sex—Feb 2018 (average 4 qtrs ending, original)

Employed people Proportion of employed

Men Women Persons Men Women Persons

Industry of employment (Division)(a)

('000) ('000) ('000) (%) (%) (%)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 226.4 99.0 325.3 3.4 1.7 2.6

Mining 183.5 34.9 218.3 2.8 0.6 1.8

Manufacturing 645.9 244.5 890.4 9.8 4.2 7.2

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 114.6 31.3 146.0 1.7 0.5 1.2

Construction 1,025.3 133.8 1,159.0 15.6 2.3 9.4

Wholesale Trade 245.1 117.5 362.5 3.7 2.0 2.9

Retail Trade 574.1 712.1 1,286.2 8.7 12.3 10.4

Accommodation and Food Services 388.7 497.0 885.7 5.9 8.6 7.2

Transport, Postal and Warehousing 508.5 139.8 648.2 7.7 2.4 5.2

Information Media and Telecommunications 127.8 92.2 220.0 1.9 1.6 1.8

Financial and Insurance Services 217.3 211.6 428.9 3.3 3.7 3.5

Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 100.3 108.8 209.1 1.5 1.9 1.7

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 568.9 445.6 1,014.5 8.6 7.7 8.2

Administrative and Support Services 197.0 212.6 409.6 3.0 3.7 3.3

Public Administration and Safety 384.5 347.5 732.0 5.8 6.0 5.9

Education and Training 301.9 721.6 1,023.5 4.6 12.5 8.3

Health Care and Social Assistance 365.1 1,297.4 1,662.5 5.5 22.4 13.4

Arts and Recreation Services 124.9 117.3 242.2 1.9 2.0 2.0

Other Services 282.4 223.5 505.9 4.3 3.9 4.1

Total employed 6,581.9 5,787.9 12,369.8 100.0 100.0 100.0

Source: ABS, Labour force, detailed, quarterly, Feb 2018, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003 (Data cube EQ03)

Other useful sources

The Department of Jobs and Small Business publishes a selection of ABS industry statistics on their Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP), including regional industry data. The ‘Labour Force Region (SA4)’ provides ABS data and can be selected using an interactive map. Each SA4 profile includes a point in time snapshot of employment by industry, employment status (full-time/part-time) by industry, employment by industry by gender and employment distribution by industry vs state. The profile also includes employment by industry comparisons for five years ago and one year ago (e.g. February 2013, February 2017 and February 2018). The ‘Employment projections’ section of the LMIP provides regional projections (level of employment change) for the five years to May 2022.

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