Tasmania

This image shows that there were 241,900 people employed in Tasmania as at November 2015, up 0.5% since 2014 and 1.1% since 2010. 56% of jobs were regional. Employment in Tasmania is projected to grow by 5.1% over the next 5 years.
241,900
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
0.5 since 2014
1.1 since 2010
Projected to increase by 5.1% over the next 5 years

Tasmania is the smallest employing state, with 241,900 workers, and it has the most regionally diverse employment. Just 44% of jobs are in Hobart. Employment rose slightly over the five years to November 2015 (up by 1.1% or 2,700). Females had a relatively low share of the new jobs (up by 800 or 0.7%), but they comprise 47% of the state’s workforce (compared with 46% nationally).

Stronger employment growth is expected over the five years to November 2020 (up 5.1%).

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is an important industry for this state. It represents 6% of state employment, and the state has 5% of all Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing jobs, well above its share of total national employment (2%). There have, though, been some job losses in this industry over the past five years (down by 1,900 or 12.6%).

Tourism is another important source of demand for workers in this state. Accommodation and Food Services contributed the largest number of new jobs over the five years to November 2015 (up by 4,300) and it is the third largest employing industry (21,400).

Tasmania has the oldest workforce of any state or territory, with 45% of its workers aged 45 years and over, although the proportion who are young (15 to 24 years) is similar to the national average.

This state also has the highest incidence of part-time employment (36% of workers are employed on this basis).

Relatively few Tasmanian workers have post-school qualifications and those who do are markedly more likely to hold a certificate III or higher vocational education and training (VET) qualification than a bachelor degree or higher.

Educational attainment, Tasmania (% of workforce)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Tasmanian workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 22%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 36%. No post-school qualification 36%. Other qualification 6%.

Age profile, Tasmania (% of workforce)

Shows age profile of the workforce in Tasmania.  15-24 years 15%. 25-34 years 19%. 35-44 years 21%. 45-54 years 24%. Aged 55 years and over 21%. 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, Tasmania, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Tasmania, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Employment by industry, Tasmania

Employment by industry, Tasmania
  Employ’t Nov 2015 Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2015
Industries '000 % '000 %
Accommodation and Food Services 21.4 9 4.3 24.7
Administrative and Support Services 6.0 3 -0.4 -6.6
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 13.3 6 -1.9 -12.6
Arts and Recreation Services 4.9 2 -0.5 -8.8
Construction 19.9 8 1.4 7.3
Education and Training 18.7 8 -0.2 -1.2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 3.7 2 0.1 2.5
Financial and Insurance Services 5.3 2 -0.3 -6.1
Health Care and Social Assistance 34.0 14 3.0 9.6
Information Media and Telecommunications 4.5 2 0.3 6.8
Manufacturing 19.1 8 0.1 0.8
Mining 2.3 1 -1.2 -33.3
Other Services 8.7 4 -1.8 -17.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 12.8 5 -0.9 -6.7
Public Administration and Safety 18.2 7 1.2 6.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 3.9 2 0.6 18.2
Retail Trade 25.8 11 -1.4 -5.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 12.2 5 0.7 6.2
Wholesale Trade 5.2 2 -2.5 -32.3

Employment by region, Tasmania

Employment by region, Tasmania
  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 Hobart 106.1 44 2.4 2.3 36 48 6.5 6.1
Launceston and North East 65.1 27 -3.4 -5.0 35 46 3.5 5.4
South East 16.8 7 1.1 6.8 34 45 0.7 4.4
West and North West 52.5 22 2.7 5.4 35 46 1.5 2.9
Tasmania1 241.9 100 2.7 1.1 36 47 12.3 5.1
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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