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Industry of employment by place of work

Access the latest counts of industry of employment by place of work (ACT) [XLS 164KB] from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. This file also contains counts from the 2006 Census and includes the people employed in each industry based on their place of work, applies to persons aged 15 years and over and excludes unemployed persons and persons not in the labour force.  An overview of what the data tells us is provided below.

What the data tells us

Using 2011 Census data on the number of people employed at different locations, assumptions can be made about the number of jobs at each of these locations. By assuming that each person has one job, the number of employed persons can be equated to the number of jobs. While it is recognised that some people will have more than one job, that job-sharing occurs and that this is not a full-time equivalent measure, it does provide some indication of job numbers and valuable data about the location and industry structure of those jobs.

At the 2011 Census, there were 214,091 jobs in the ACT. This was up 28,036 jobs or 15.1 per cent from the 186,055 jobs identified in 2006. The largest industry of employment was Public Administration and Safety with 72,682 jobs or one-third (33.9 per cent) of all jobs in the ACT. The next most common industries of employment were Health Care and Social Assistance (19,436 jobs or 9.1 per cent) and Education and Training (18,499 jobs or 8.6 per cent).

Public Administration and Safety was the main industry of employment to experience an increase in the number of jobs between 2006 and 2011, up 13,758 jobs or 49.1 per cent. Growth in this industry represented nearly half (49.1 per cent) of the increase of 28,036 jobs in the ACT in the five year period. There was also a large increase in the number of jobs in Construction, up 3,428 jobs or 12.2 per cent in the five years to 2011 and jobs in Health Care and Social Assistance, up 3,071 jobs or 11.0 per cent.

North Canberra was the district with the largest number of jobs with 63,340 jobs or 29.6 per cent of the ACT total. South Canberra with 31,420 jobs (or 14.7 per cent) and Fyshwick-Pialligo-Hume with 23,886 jobs (or 11.2 per cent) were also important job locations. North Canberra recorded the largest growth in job numbers between 2006 and 2011 with an increase of 7,539 jobs equivalent to growth of 13.5 per cent. Fyshwick – Pialligo - Hume experienced the next largest growth in the number of jobs with an increase of 3,522 jobs or 17.3 per cent. Suburbs with the largest increase in jobs included Civic (up 6,009 jobs), Majura (up 2,198 jobs) and Greenway (up 1,402 jobs).

In addition, there were 16,514 jobs that were reported to be located in Canberra but no information was provided about a more detailed location or the job was based at a depot and moved around to different locations. This represented 7.7 per cent of all jobs located in the ACT.

Total persons employed – place of work, ACT districts (SA3s), 2006 and 2011

The column graph presents the distribution of persons employed by place of work at 2006 and 2011 in ACT Statistical Area 3s as discussed in ‘What the data tells us’ section.

Source: ABS, 2012. Census of Population and Housing

Civic in the North Canberra District was the location of the largest number of Public Administration and Safety jobs with 18,652 employees accounting for 25.7 per cent of jobs in this industry in the ACT. Campbell (including Russell and Duntroon) had the next largest number of jobs (8,185 employees) contributing to a total of over 30,000 Public Administration and Safety jobs being located in the North Canberra district, accounting for 41.3 per cent of the ACT total. The largest increase in the number of jobs in Public Administration and Safety was in Civic with an additional 5,935 jobs located there in 2011 compared with five years earlier.

Jobs in Health Care and Social Assistance are influenced by the location of major facilities such as hospitals and retirement and nursing homes. Thus, Garran (4,328 jobs) was the location with the most jobs in this industry followed by Deakin (1,558 jobs) and Bruce (1,472 jobs). Similarly the location of jobs in Education and Training was influenced by the location of major educational institutions such as universities with Acton (4,083 jobs) and Bruce (1,862 jobs) being the major locations.

The area of ACT – East, which includes Fyshwick, Symonston, Pialligo and Oaks Estate, was the place of work for the largest share of Construction jobs in the ACT (1,549 jobs or 12.1 per cent). Other locations with large numbers of Construction jobs included Hume (537 jobs) and Mitchell (822 jobs).

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