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Whanganui District

Industry of workforce

In 2013, more of the workforce in Whanganui District was employed in health care and social assistance than any other industry.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Whanganui District regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local specialist industries. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing.

When viewed in conjunction with Workforce Occupation, Workforce Level of Qualification and Workforce Field of Qualification, as well as the Industry of Employment of residents, this dataset can 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.'

Workforce, by place of work, regardless of residence

Workforce industry sector of employment
Whanganui District20132006Change
Industry sectorNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Agriculture, forestry and fishing9276.06.59546.26.8-27
Mining----0.300.00.2--
Manufacturing2,20214.29.42,13913.911.0+63
Electricity, gas, water and waste services1140.70.7720.50.5+42
Construction9576.27.61,0837.17.5-126
Wholesale trade4322.84.85193.45.0-87
Retail trade1,75511.39.41,84212.09.9-87
Accommodation and food services8075.25.68615.65.6-54
Transport, postal and warehousing4082.64.13572.34.1+51
Information media and telecommunications1561.01.82041.31.9-48
Financial and insurance services2701.73.42881.93.2-18
Rental, hiring and real estate services2881.92.53512.32.7-63
Professional, scientific and technical services7685.08.47054.67.8+63
Administrative and support services2791.83.33152.13.3-36
Public administration and safety1,0656.94.98135.34.1+252
Education and training1,5069.78.01,5249.97.2-18
Health care and social assistance2,42115.69.62,06113.48.1+360
Arts and recreation services2371.51.82431.61.6-6
Other services7294.73.97324.83.9-3
Not elsewhere included1891.24.02791.85.6-90

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

Workforce industry sector of employment, 2013
Workforce 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: 6.0% Manufacturing, Whanganui District: 14.2% Electricity, gas, water and waste services, Whanganui District: 0.7% Construction, Whanganui District: 6.2% Wholesale trade, Whanganui District: 2.8% Retail trade, Whanganui District: 11.3% Accommodation and food services, Whanganui District: 5.2% Transport, postal and warehousing, Whanganui District: 2.6% Information media and telecommunications, Whanganui District: 1.0% Financial and insurance services, Whanganui District: 1.7% Rental, hiring and real estate services, Whanganui District: 1.9% Professional, scientific and technical services, Whanganui District: 5.0% Administrative and support services, Whanganui District: 1.8% Public administration and safety, Whanganui District: 6.9% Education and training, Whanganui District: 9.7% Health care and social assistance, Whanganui District: 15.6% Arts and recreation services, Whanganui District: 1.5% Other services, Whanganui District: 4.7%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings,2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in workforce industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2013
Change in workforce industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2013 Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Whanganui District: -27 Manufacturing, Whanganui District: +63 Electricity, gas, water and waste services, Whanganui District: +42 Construction, Whanganui District: -126 Wholesale trade, Whanganui District: -87 Retail trade, Whanganui District: -87 Accommodation and food services, Whanganui District: -54 Transport, postal and warehousing, Whanganui District: +51 Information media and telecommunications, Whanganui District: -48 Financial and insurance services, Whanganui District: -18 Rental, hiring and real estate services, Whanganui District: -63 Professional, scientific and technical services, Whanganui District: +63 Administrative and support services, Whanganui District: -36 Public administration and safety, Whanganui District: +252 Education and training, Whanganui District: -18 Health care and social assistance, Whanganui District: +360 Arts and recreation services, Whanganui District: -6 Other services, Whanganui District: -3
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 workforce in Whanganui District in 2013 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health care and social assistance (2,421 people or 15.6%)
  • Manufacturing (2,202 people or 14.2%)
  • Retail trade (1,755 people or 11.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 6,378 people in total or 41.1% of the workforce.

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

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the Whanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed in health care and social assistance (15.6% compared to 9.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed in manufacturing (14.2% compared to 9.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in professional, scientific and technical services (5.0% compared to 8.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in wholesale trade (2.8% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Whanganui District increased by 168 people between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Health care and social assistance (+360 people)
  • Public administration and safety (+252 people)
  • Construction (-126 people)
  • Wholesale trade (-87 people)

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