Tasmania

This image shows that there were 249,500 people employed in Tasmania as at November 2018, up 8.2% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 4.5% over the five years to May 2023.
55% of jobs are regional. 15% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 16% of workers are self-employed. 24% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 34% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 8% of workers hold an other qualification. 34% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Tasmania is the smallest employing state. It is also the most regionally diverse, with 55% of jobs located outside of Hobart. Employment growth over the past five years was slightly below the national average. The largest numbers of jobs were added in 

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (up by 7,400)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4,200)
  • Construction (3,400).

These gains were partly offset by falls in a number of industries (the largest being in Retail Trade, down by 2,600).

Tasmania has the oldest workforce of any state or territory, with 46% aged 45 years or older. Part-time work is also relatively common  (37% of state employment, the largest share in Australia).

Workers in this state are less likely to have a bachelor degree or higher than the national average, although they are more likely to have completed a certificate III or higher vocational qualification.

Current conditions (to January 2019)

Labour market conditions have weakened in Tasmania over the year, with employment decreasing by 2,500 (or 1.0%). Full-time employment has fallen by 1,800 (or 1.2%) over the period, while part-time employment has declined by 700 (or 0.7%).

The state’s unemployment rate has increased by 1.8 percentage points over the year to 7.0% in January 2019, the highest rate of any state or territory. The participation rate in Tasmania has fallen by 0.2 percentage points over the year to 60.7% in January 2019, the lowest rate of any state or territory. 

Conditions for youth in Tasmania have deteriorated over the year, with youth employment decreasing by 1,700 (or 4.4%), while the state’s youth unemployment rate has increased by 1.9 percentage points over the period to 15.7% in January 2019 (the highest rate of any state or territory).

Outlook

The short-term outlook for the Tasmanian economy is reasonably positive. The Tasmanian Treasury has projected employment growth of 1% in 2019-20, while the unemployment rate is expected to average 5¾% over the period. Over the five years to May 2023, employment in Tasmania is projected to increase by 4.5% (below the projected national growth of 7.1%).

Top employing industries

Top employing industries
Employ’t Nov 2018  Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2018
Industries  '000 %  '000 %
Health Care and Social Assistance 38.9 16 7.4 23.5
Retail Trade 26.0 10 -2.6 -9.1
Education and Training 21.9 9 2.0 10.3
Construction 20.9 8 3.4 19.4
Accommodation and Food Services 20.1 8 1.1 6.0
Manufacturing 18.1 7 -0.4 -2.3
Public Administration and Safety 17.8 7 1.1 6.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 14.0 6 4.2 42.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 11.8 5 1.7 16.9
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 11.5 5 -1.0 -7.8
Other Services 11.0 4 0.4 3.9
Administrative and Support Services 6.1 2 -0.9 -12.4
Arts and Recreation Services 6.0 2 2.0 48.7
Wholesale Trade 5.3 2 -1.0 -15.5
Financial and Insurance Services 4.4 2 -0.5 -9.6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 4.3 2 1.2 37.6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 3.9 2 0.3 9.8
Information Media and Telecommunications 3.3 1 -0.8 -18.4
Mining 3.2 1 -1.0 -23.9

Employment by region, Tasmania

Employment by region, Tasmania
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 % % % % % % % % %
Hobart 113.4 10.6 10.3 38 49 14 22 30 32 32 5.7
Launceston and North East 68.4 3.6 5.5 38 49 15 26 21 40 34 2.3
South East 17.3 1.1 6.6 37 45 11 24 20 33 39 4.6
West and North West 50.2 2.1 4.3 35 47 16 24 18 34 37 5.5
Tasmania1 249.5 19.0 8.2 37 48 15 24 24 34 34 4.5
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, Tasmania

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