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Industry sector of employment

More Whanganui District residents worked in manufacturing in 2013 than any other industry.

The Whanganui District’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the main activity of (your) business or employer.'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
Whanganui District20132006Change
Industry sectorNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1,0836.26.51,1856.26.8-102
Mining120.10.390.00.2+3
Manufacturing2,47214.19.42,41512.711.0+57
Electricity, gas, water and waste services1200.70.7840.40.5+36
Construction1,2397.17.61,5548.27.5-315
Wholesale trade4712.74.86153.25.0-144
Retail trade1,80610.39.42,06710.99.9-261
Accommodation and food services8614.95.69965.25.6-135
Transport, postal and warehousing4832.84.14922.64.1-9
Information media and telecommunications1650.91.82341.21.9-69
Financial and insurance services2821.63.43301.73.2-48
Rental, hiring and real estate services3061.82.53932.12.7-87
Professional, scientific and technical services8104.68.48134.37.8-3
Administrative and support services4112.43.34472.33.3-36
Public administration and safety1,1196.44.99184.84.1+201
Education and training1,5308.88.01,6088.47.2-78
Health care and social assistance2,46614.19.62,21411.68.1+252
Arts and recreation services2521.41.82761.41.6-24
Other services7774.43.98134.33.9-36
Not elsewhere included8194.74.01,5788.35.6-759

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Industry sector of employment, 2013
Industry sector of employment, 2013 Agriculture, forestry and fishing, New Zealand: 6.5% Mining, New Zealand: 0.3% Manufacturing, New Zealand: 9.4% Electricity, gas, water and waste services, New Zealand: 0.7% Construction, New Zealand: 7.6% Wholesale trade, New Zealand: 4.8% Retail trade, New Zealand: 9.4% Accommodation and food services, New Zealand: 5.6% Transport, postal and warehousing, New Zealand: 4.1% Information media and telecommunications, New Zealand: 1.8% Financial and insurance services, New Zealand: 3.4% Rental, hiring and real estate services, New Zealand: 2.5% Professional, scientific and technical services, New Zealand: 8.4% Administrative and support services, New Zealand: 3.3% Public administration and safety, New Zealand: 4.9% Education and training, New Zealand: 8.0% Health care and social assistance, New Zealand: 9.6% Arts and recreation services, New Zealand: 1.8% Other services, New Zealand: 3.9% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Whanganui District: 6.2% Mining, Whanganui District: 0.1% Manufacturing, Whanganui District: 14.1% Electricity, gas, water and waste services, Whanganui District: 0.7% Construction, Whanganui District: 7.1% Wholesale trade, Whanganui District: 2.7% Retail trade, Whanganui District: 10.3% Accommodation and food services, Whanganui District: 4.9% Transport, postal and warehousing, Whanganui District: 2.8% Information media and telecommunications, Whanganui District: 0.9% Financial and insurance services, Whanganui District: 1.6% Rental, hiring and real estate services, Whanganui District: 1.8% Professional, scientific and technical services, Whanganui District: 4.6% Administrative and support services, Whanganui District: 2.4% Public administration and safety, Whanganui District: 6.4% Education and training, Whanganui District: 8.8% Health care and social assistance, Whanganui District: 14.1% Arts and recreation services, Whanganui District: 1.4% Other services, Whanganui District: 4.4%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings,2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2013
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2013 Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Whanganui District: -102 Mining, Whanganui District: +3 Manufacturing, Whanganui District: +57 Electricity, gas, water and waste services, Whanganui District: +36 Construction, Whanganui District: -315 Wholesale trade, Whanganui District: -144 Retail trade, Whanganui District: -261 Accommodation and food services, Whanganui District: -135 Transport, postal and warehousing, Whanganui District: -9 Information media and telecommunications, Whanganui District: -69 Financial and insurance services, Whanganui District: -48 Rental, hiring and real estate services, Whanganui District: -87 Professional, scientific and technical services, Whanganui District: -3 Administrative and support services, Whanganui District: -36 Public administration and safety, Whanganui District: +201 Education and training, Whanganui District: -78 Health care and social assistance, Whanganui District: +252 Arts and recreation services, Whanganui District: -24 Other services, Whanganui District: -36
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Whanganui District in 2013 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Manufacturing (2,472 people or 14.1%)
  • Health care and social assistance (2,466 people or 14.1%)
  • Retail trade (1,806 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 6,744 people in total or 38.6% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, the New Zealand employed 9.4% in Manufacturing; 9.6% in Health care and social assistance; and 9.4% in Retail trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the Whanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in manufacturing (14.1% compared to 9.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (14.1% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (4.6% compared to 8.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in wholesale trade (2.7% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Whanganui District decreased by 1,557 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2006 and 2013 in the Whanganui District were for those employed in:

  • Construction (-315 persons)
  • Retail trade (-261 persons)
  • Health care and social assistance (+252 persons)
  • Public administration and safety (+201 persons)

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