Northern Territory

This image shows that there were 133,700 people employed in Northern Territory as at November 2018, up 0.8% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 4.4% over the five years to May 2023.
35% of jobs are regional. 13% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 11% of workers are self employed. 28% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 35% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 3% of workers hold an other qualification. 34% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

The Northern Territory (NT) is the smallest labour market in Australia, with almost two thirds of employment located in Darwin. Public Administration and Safety is the largest employing industry (23,000) followed by Health Care and Social Assistance (18,600). Employment growth over the past five years has been below the national average.

Current conditions (to January 2019)

Labour market conditions have weakened in the NT over the year, with the level of employment decreasing by 2,500 (or 1.8%). Full-time employment has fallen by 1,600 (or 1.4%), while part-time employment has fallen by 900 (or 3.1%). The territory’s unemployment rate has risen by 0.7 percentage points over the year to 5.0% in January 2019, equivalent to the national rate. The participation rate has fallen by 1.3 percentage points over the year to 74.8% in January 2019, but remains the highest rate of any state or territory.

Conditions for youth in the NT have also deteriorated over the year, with youth employment declining by 1,500 (or 8.0%). The youth unemployment rate has risen by 2.1 percentage points over the year to 10.6% in January 2019, although it remains below the national rate (11.5%).

Outlook

The short-term outlook for the NT labour market is relatively soft. The NT Treasury has forecast employment growth of 0.3% in 2019-20, while the unemployment rate is expected to average 4.5% over the period. Over the five years to May 2023, employment in the NT is projected to increase by 4.4%.

Top employing industries

Top employing industries
Employ’t Nov 2018  Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2018
Industries  '000 %  '000 %
Public Administration and Safety 23.0 17 -0.6 -2.5
Health Care and Social Assistance 18.6 14 3.7 24.4
Construction 11.9 9 -2.4 -17.0
Education and Training 11.6 9 0.2 1.8
Accommodation and Food Services 10.9 8 2.9 35.9
Retail Trade 10.4 8 -0.4 -3.6
Other Services 6.8 5 1.1 18.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 6.8 5 0.6 9.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 5.9 4 -1.0 -14.9
Administrative and Support Services 5.7 4 1.4 32.9
Mining 4.5 3 -1.4 -24.1
Arts and Recreation Services 4.3 3 1.0 28.8
Manufacturing 3.5 3 -1.0 -22.5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 2.4 2 0.5 -
Wholesale Trade 2.1 2 -0.9 -30.0
Information Media and Telecommunications 1.9 1 0.4 -
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 1.8 1 0.0 -
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 1.6 1 -0.2 -
Financial and Insurance Services 1.3 1 -0.6 -

Employment by region, Northern Territory

Employment by region, Northern Territory
Employment Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile Projected Employment
Employ’t Nov 2018  5 year change
to Nov 2018
Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual 5 year change to May 2023
Region ‘000 ‘000 % % % % % % % % %
Darwin 86.7 7.4 9.3 20 46 13 17 27 33 36 4.6
NT - Outback 50.1 0.6 1.3 21 48 12 19 29 39 28 4.5
Northern Territory1 133.7 1.0 0.8 20 46 13 17 28 35 34 4.4
Australia 12,694.8 1,242.5 10.8 32 47 15 19 32 31 32 7.1

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 Jobs and Small Business, Employment Projections; Department of Treasury and Finance, Northern Territory

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