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Far North District

Industry of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in Far North District was employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing than any other industry.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Far North 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 industry sector of employment
Far North District20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%Northland Region %Number%Northland Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing3,18913.811.22,93115.013.1+258
Electricity, gas, water and waste services2581.11.12011.01.0+57
Wholesale trade4742.03.03451.83.2+129
Retail trade2,2149.69.32,21111.310.5+3
Accommodation and food services2,2659.86.81,5698.06.0+696
Transport, postal and warehousing7923.43.97023.63.5+90
Information media and telecommunications1170.50.61140.60.8+3
Financial and insurance services2371.01.34952.52.2-258
Rental, hiring and real estate services6092.62.16453.32.9-36
Professional, scientific and technical services1,2215.36.18344.35.5+387
Administrative and support services9544.13.95582.92.6+396
Public administration and safety1,2095.25.28794.54.4+330
Education and training2,2269.68.42,17511.19.4+51
Health care and social assistance2,38810.311.82,00410.312.0+384
Arts and recreation services4291.91.62881.51.5+141
Other services9544.14.07443.83.9+210
Not elsewhere included------4532.31.7--
Total people23,169100.0100.019,512100.0100.0+3,657
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating:(Industries) High
Stats NZ data quality rating (Workplace): Medium

Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Not elsewhere included" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the workforce in Far North District in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (3,189 people or 13.8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (2,388 people or 10.3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (2,265 people or 9.8%)

In combination these three industries employed 7,842 people in total or 33.8% of the workforce.

In comparison, Northland Region employed 11.2% in Agriculture, forestry and fishing; 11.8% in Health care and social assistance; and 6.8% in Accommodation and food services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the Far North District and Northland Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed in accommodation and food services (9.8% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (13.8% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in manufacturing (6.6% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in health care and social assistance (10.3% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Far North District increased by 3,657 people between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce between 2013 and 2018 in Far North District were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+861 people)
  • Accommodation and food services (+696 people)
  • Manufacturing (+414 people)
  • Administrative and support services (+396 people)

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