Published on Jan 23, 2018
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The Economic picture in Cessnock LGA
Part 2 of the latest Census
In December 2017 the first of the critical economic data linked to the Census in 2016 was released. The following is a brief overview based on the 2016 Working Population and Time Series Profiles published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) based on Cessnock LGA:
Cessnock LGA labourforce data based on place of residence:
Between 2006 and 2016, the Cessnock LGA’s total employed number of residents grew from 17,987 to 20,355, a 13.2% increase in the number of employed persons. The number of Full Time employed residents of Cessnock LGA grew 16.3% between 2006 and 2016 from 10,948 to 12,737.
The Cessnock LGA is keeping with the trend for increasing workforce casualisation. The number of part-time employed residents of the Cessnock LGA grew 32.1% with 1,839 more part time employees in 2016 with 7,572 compared with 5,733 in 2006.
In the Cessnock LGA, the most common methods of travel to work for employed people were: Car, as driver 75.0%, Car, as passenger 4.5% and 3.4% said they worked from home. 79.5% used a car either as a driver or as passenger in order to travel to work, showing we are very vehicle dependent in Cessnock City.
Cessnock is also an affordable place to live. The median rent in Cessnock LGA in 2016 was $280, $100 less per week across NSW. The median monthly mortage repayment in Cessnock LGA in 2016 was $1,517, $469 less than the state.
Cessnock LGA households are more likely than the rest of NSW and Australia to have multiple vehicles. 28.1% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 31.58% had two registered motor vehicles and 17.85% had three or more registered motor vehicles.
Cessnock LGA labourforce data based on place of work:
The number of employed people whose place of work is located within Cessnock LGA in 2016 is 15,494.
The number of employed people whose place of work is located within Cessnock has increased by 1449 jobs in 5 years since 2011.
Cessnock LGA’s top five industries by employment are, as at 2016 Census:
- Accommodation & Food Services (16.7%)
- Retail Trade (12.7%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (12.5%)
- Education & Training (9.6%)
- Manufacturing (8.4%)
Cessnock LGA’s top five occupations, as at 2016 Census:
- Community and personal service workers (16.5%)
- Professionals (15.8%)
- Technicians and Trade Workers (13.8%)
- Labourers (13.4%)
- Managers (10.8%)
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