Jobs growth and latest economic data for Cessnock LGA

Jobs growth and latest economic data for Cessnock LGA


In October 2017 the first of the critical economic data linked to the Census in 2016 was released.  Here is a brief overview based on the 2016 Census QuickStats published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS):


There were 23,684 residents who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) in 2016, 1349 more workers than in 2011.


Of these 53.8% were employed full time, 32% were employed part-time and 8.7% were unemployed. Since 2011, the number of unemployed persons living in Cessnock LGA has risen by 610 people.


Of employed people in Cessnock Local Government Area, 11.9% worked between 1 to 15 hours, 11.5% worked 16 to 24 hours and 40% worked 40 hours or more. The share of employed persons who worked less than 35 hours per week has increased since 2011, consistent with what we know about increasing workforce casualisation.


The most common occupations for workers living in Cessnock Local Government Area according to the 2016 census:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers 18.0%
  • Labourers 13.9%
  • Machinery Operators and Drivers 13.1%
  • Community and Personal Service Workers 11.7%
  • Professionals 11.3%

The industry of employment for working people living in Cessnock Local Government Area in 2016:

  • Coal Mining 8.4%
  • Aged Care Residential Services 3.2%
  • Accommodation 2.9%
  • Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 2.9%
  • Takeaway Food Services 2.7%.


Health and aged care are taking a prominent new direction with the number of workers driving both sectors into the top five employers for residents in Cessnock LGA in 2016.


Worryingly, 125 jobs have been lost in the Accommodation sector for Cessnock LGA residents. From early December 2017, the ABS will release the place of work data for the 2016 Census which will include table builders and data-tables which will enable the Council’s Economic Development Unit to begin modelling the value of tourism within our local economy.


Of people aged 15 and over in Cessnock Local Government Area in 2016, 9.9% reported having completed year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 23.1% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 6.3% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.  Educational status has increased in the five years between Census’, as in 2011 19.56% had a certificate level qualification,  and 4.07% had Advanced Diploma or Diploma.


Stay tuned for more in depth Census updates as additional Census data becomes available.

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