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)
Age profile, Tasmania (% of workforce)
Employment projections by region, Tasmania, five years to November 2020 (% change)
Employment by industry, Tasmania
|Employ’t Nov 2015||Share of total||5 year change to Nov 2015|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||12.2||5||0.7||6.2|
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|
|Launceston and North East||65.1||27||-3.4||-5.0||35||46||3.5||5.4|
|West and North West||52.5||22||2.7||5.4||35||46||1.5||2.9|
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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