Economic briefing note on employment by industry in August 2016
Release date: 22 September 2016
Next release: 22 December 2016
In the August quarter 2016, Victorian total employment (by industry) increased by 13,400 workers. Employment increased in 13 out of 19 industries.
The industries that experienced the largest increases in employment in the August quarter 2016 were education (up 20,300 workers), followed by administrative services (up 11,500 workers), and wholesale trade (up 10,800 workers).
The industries that experienced the largest declines in employment in the August quarter 2016 were construction (down 19,700 workers), followed by retail trade (down 17,400 workers), and agriculture (down 13,100 workers).
The largest employing industries in Victoria were, as at the August quarter 2016, health care (390,000 workers), retail trade (310,000 workers), and manufacturing (274,200 workers). These three industries employed 32 per cent of workers in Victoria in the August quarter 2016.
In the year to the August quarter 2016, Victorian total employment (by industry) increased by 124,400 workers. Employment increased in 15 of the 19 industries.
In the year to the August quarter 2016, the top three industries for job creation in Victoria were wholesale trade (up 26,300 workers), professional services (up 24,700 workers), and health care (up 20,900 workers). The largest declines in employment over the same period were in the retail trade (down 19,300 workers), real estate (down 8600 workers), and agriculture (down 5100 workers) industries.
Employment by industry in Victoria
|Industry||Total August quarter 2016 ('000s)||Change since May quarter 2016, ('000s)||Annual change to August quarter 2016, ('000s)|
|Accommodation and food||209.4||-1.8||16.3|
|Rental and real estate||43.6||0.3||-8.6|
|Arts and rec||63.1||0.2||5.2|
Number of employees in top six industries in Victoria
|Industry||August quarter 2006||August quarter 2011||August quarter 2016|
|Health||275,414||322,960 (growth of 20.9% since 2006)||389,961 (growth of 17.1% since 2011)|
|Retail||277,792||302,419 (growth of 8.9% since 2006)||310,041 (growth of 2.5% since 2011)|
|Manufacturing||305,284||287,558 (fallen -5.8% since 2006)||274,182 (fallen -4.7% since 2011)|
|Professional||196,454||236,799 (growth of 20.5% since 2006)||274,016 (growth of 15.7% since 2011)|
|Education||188,425||213,983 (growth of 13.6% since 2006)||257,378 (growth of 20.3% since 2011)|
|Construction||219,711||255,020 (growth of 16.1% since 2006)||255,423 (growth of 0.2% since 2011)|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), cat. no. 6291.0, Employment by industry
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