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Snapshot of employment by industry, 2018


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases 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, quarterly, 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
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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