New South Wales

This image shows that there were 3,783,900 people employed in New South Wales as at November 2015, up 4.4% since 2014 and 7.8% since 2010. 33% of jobs were regional. Employment in New South Wales is projected to grow by 9.8% over the next 5 years.
3,783,900
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
4.4 since 2014
7.8 since 2010
Projected to increase by 9.8% over the next 5 years

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)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the New South Wales workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 33%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 31%. No post-school qualification 31%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profile, New South Wales (% of workforce)

Shows age profile of the workforce in New South Wales.  15-24 years 15%. 25-34 years 24%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%. National average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, New South Wales, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, New South Wales, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Employment by industry, New South Wales

Employment by industry, New South Wales
  Employ’t Nov 2015 Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2015
Industries ‘000 % '000 %
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
Construction 315.4 8 38.4 13.9
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
Manufacturing 250.5 7 -42.7 -14.6
Mining 39.4 1 5.3 15.5
Other Services 151.8 4 8.7 6.1
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
Retail Trade 403.4 11 45.2 12.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 192.6 5 -5.0 -2.6
Wholesale Trade 131.7 3 -5.6 -4.1

Employment by region, New South Wales

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
Regions ‘000 % ‘000 % % % ‘000 %
Greater Sydney 2,486.7 67 203.2 8.9 28 46 280.4 11.1
Capital Region 109.1 3 6.2 6.0 30 46 8.4 7.7
Central West 99.2 3 -2.6 -2.6 33 46 4.8 4.6
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
Illawarra 138.9 4 18.9 15.7 35 45 9.9 7.1
Mid North Coast 87.4 2 22.4 34.4 36 48 8.8 10.6
Murray 47.3 1 -5.8 -11.0 30 43 2.6 5.7
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
Riverina 79.0 2 4.8 6.4 32 46 3.0 3.7
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
Australia 11,855.8 - 710.1 6.4 31 46 989.7 8.3

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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