Snapshot of employment by industry, 2012 to 2013

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Snapshot of employment by industry, 2012 to 2013

Posted 14/02/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release data on employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the quarterly publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being November 2013. The next available data (February quarter 2014) will be released on 20 March 2014.

ABS releases original, trend and seasonally adjusted quarterly estimates on employment by industry division. For finer level detail on industry of employment (e.g. subdivision), the ABS releases original (unadjusted) quarterly estimates. Data is classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (Revision 2.0), cat. no. 1292.0. For more information on classifications within specific industries refer to Chapter 8 – The detailed classification.

Given the current interest in employment by industry, two tables have been compiled using ABS quarterly estimates from 2012 and 2013 (seasonally adjusted). To allow for comparisons, employment for each industry division is provided, as well as the total number of employed people.

Data for additional quarters and over longer periods of time is available through the ABS Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, see ‘Downloads’ > ‘Time series spreadsheets’ > Table 04. Employed persons by industry – trend, seasonally adjusted, original.

1. Snapshot of employed people by industry - quarterly, 2012 to 2013(a)(b)

Employed people
Nov-12 Feb-13 May-13 Aug-13 Nov-13

Change in employed
Nov-12 to Nov-13

Industry of employment (1-digit)(b) ('000) ('000) ('000) ('000) ('000) (%)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 315.9 321.8 315.2 303.7 330.4 4.6
Mining 264.4 266.4 261.1 270.0 277.2 4.8
Manufacturing 973.3 942.2 938.3 921.4 943.7 -3.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 145.0 138.7 147.3 154.0 156.0 7.6
Construction 1,011.7 1,029.5 1,003.7 1,061.9 1,024.4 1.3
Wholesale Trade 423.8 463.1 431.1 413.0 403.5 -4.8
Retail Trade 1,224.1 1,219.1 1,259.3 1,220.7 1,261.4 3.0
Accommodation and Food Services 790.8 800.0 803.9 786.0


Transport, Postal and Warehousing 592.3 604.4 586.5 590.8 590.6 -0.3
Information Media and Telecommunications 223.9 217.0 213.4 200.8 192.1 -14.2
Financial and Insurance Services 421.4 414.3 418.5 426.4 414.8 -1.6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 197.1 199.6 197.0 196.8 195.9 -0.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 905.4 920.2 916.1 919.7 884.3 -2.3
Administrative and Support Services 399.8 390.6 398.6 389.9 390.1 -2.4
Public Administration and Safety 697.2 722.6 736.6 782.0 763.5 9.5
Education and Training 900.4 922.8 909.9 884.6 907.7 0.8
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,371.9 1,393.7 1,401.0 1,383.9 1,416.5 3.3
Arts and Recreation Services 212.3 201.2 215.5 212.1 209.1 -1.5
Other Services 456.9 455.7 466.1 475.1 471.9 3.3
Total employed 11,527.4 11,622.7 11,619.2 11,592.9 11,611.1 0.7


2. Share of employed people by industry - quarterly, 2012 to 2013(a)(b)

Proportion of total employed
Feb-12 May-12 Aug-12 Nov-12 Feb-13 May-13 Aug-13 Nov-13
Industry of employment (1-digit)(b) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.7 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.8
Mining 2.2 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.2 2.3 2.4
Manufacturing 8.5 8.3 8.4 8.4 8.1 8.1 7.9 8.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.3
Construction 8.9 8.7 8.6 8.8 8.9 8.6 9.2 8.8
Wholesale Trade 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.7 4.0 3.7 3.6 3.5
Retail Trade 10.6 10.5 10.6 10.6 10.5 10.8 10.5 10.9
Accommodation and Food Services 6.5 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.9 6.9 6.8 6.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 4.8 4.8 4.9 5.1 5.2 5.0 5.1 5.1
Information Media and Telecommunications 2.0 2.0 2.1 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.7
Financial and Insurance Services 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.7 3.6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 2.0 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 7.8 8.1 8.0 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.6
Administrative and Support Services 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4
Public Administration and Safety 6.5 6.1 6.0 6.0 6.2 6.3 6.7 6.6
Education and Training 7.6 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.9 7.8 7.6 7.8
Health Care and Social Assistance 11.8 11.8 11.9 11.9 12.0 12.1 11.9 12.2
Arts and Recreation Services 1.8 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.9 1.8 1.8
Other Services 4.2 3.9 3.9 4.0 3.9 4.0 4.1 4.1
Total employed 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

(a) Seasonally adjusted estimates. The ABS also releases trend and original data series. 

(b) Industry of employment is based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (Revision 2.0), cat. no 1292.0.

Source: ABS, Labour force, detailed, quarterly, Nov 2013, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003 (Table 04)

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