Almost one in every three Australian workers is employed in New South Wales. Employment is concentrated in Sydney (2.5 million or two thirds of the state’s workforce). Over the five years to November 2015, employment rose strongly (up by 7.8% or 273,900). Much of this growth occurred over the past year, up by 4.4% (compared with 2.5% nationally), the strongest annual employment growth of any state or territory. Strong employment growth is expected to continue over the next five years, up by 9.8%.
More new jobs were recorded for females (up by 172,100 or 10.9%) than males (101,800 or 5.3%) over the five years to November 2015. Women comprise 46% of the state’s employment, in line with the national average.
The three largest employing industries also recorded the most new jobs over the five years to November 2015. They are Health Care and Social Assistance (up by 75,700 or 18.5%), Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (66,800 or 21.9%) and Retail Trade (45,200 or 12.6%). Collectively, they account for one third of the state’s employment.
The age profile of the New South Wales workforce is similar to the national average, but in regions such as Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, young workers (15 to 24 years) have relatively large shares of employment (21%).
Around 64% of workers in this state have post-school qualifications and they are more likely to have a bachelor degree or higher qualification than workers nationally (33% compared with 31%).
Educational attainment, New South Wales (% of workforce)
Age profile, New South Wales (% of workforce)
Employment projections by region, New South Wales, five years to November 2020 (% change)
Employment by industry, New South Wales
|Employ’t Nov 2015||Share of total||5 year change to Nov 2015|
|Accommodation and Food Services||267.4||7||28.1||11.7|
|Administrative and Support Services||127.8||3||6.6||5.4|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||79.6||2||-24.9||-23.8|
|Arts and Recreation Services||72.4||2||17.4||31.7|
|Education and Training||294.4||8||29.5||11.2|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||41.1||1||-8.6||-17.3|
|Financial and Insurance Services||184.5||5||18.0||10.8|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||485.1||13||75.7||18.5|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||84.1||2||2.8||3.4|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||372.2||10||66.8||21.9|
|Public Administration and Safety||200.4||5||4.7||2.4|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||73.4||2||7.6||11.5|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||192.6||5||-5.0||-2.6|
Employment by region, New South Wales
|Employment||Employment Profile||Projected Employment|
|Employ’t Nov 2015||Share of state total||5 year change to Nov 2015||Part-time||Female||5 year change to Nov 2020|
|Coffs Harbour - Grafton||64.2||2||8.1||14.4||38||49||4.5||7.0|
|Far West and Orana||54.2||1||2.5||4.8||28||48||3.1||5.7|
|Hunter Valley (excluding Newcastle)||118.5||3||0.2||0.2||34||45||5.2||4.2|
|Mid North Coast||87.4||2||22.4||34.4||36||48||8.8||10.6|
|New England and North West||80.5||2||-2.8||-3.3||35||45||4.7||5.9|
|Newcastle and Lake Macquarie||175.8||5||5.0||2.9||34||47||19.3||10.9|
|Richmond - Tweed||96.2||3||-9.4||-8.9||44||49||7.1||7.0|
|Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven||60.9||2||0.6||1.0||35||48||6.5||10.0|
|New South Wales1||3,783.9||100||273.9||7.8||30||46||368.2||9.8|
1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Regional Employment Projections
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