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Ruapehu District

Industry sector of employment

More Ruapehu District residents worked in agriculture, forestry and fishing in 2018 than any other industry.

Ruapehu 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.'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Industry sector of employment
Ruapehu District20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1,40722.910.21,32624.011.1+81
Electricity, gas, water and waste services480.80.7360.70.7+12
Wholesale trade1292.14.6931.74.1+36
Retail trade4236.99.14177.510.0+6
Accommodation and food services5979.75.64448.05.1+153
Transport, postal and warehousing2283.73.71773.23.3+51
Information media and telecommunications180.30.6420.80.8-24
Financial and insurance services570.91.6661.21.8-9
Rental, hiring and real estate services991.61.5931.71.9+6
Professional, scientific and technical services2043.36.11562.84.9+48
Administrative and support services2223.63.21232.22.4+99
Public administration and safety5348.78.04628.47.3+72
Education and training5529.09.94898.89.5+63
Health care and social assistance4026.511.73336.011.5+69
Arts and recreation services1682.71.41382.51.5+30
Other services2103.44.01502.73.9+60
Not elsewhere included------3065.53.9--
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
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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.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Ruapehu District in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (1,407 people or 22.9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (597 people or 9.7%)
  • Education and training (552 people or 9.0%)

In combination these three industries employed 2,556 people in total or 41.6% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Manawatu-Wanganui Region employed 10.2% in Agriculture, forestry and fishing; 5.6% in Accommodation and food services; and 9.9% in Education and training.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Ruapehu District and Manawatu-Wanganui Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (22.9% compared to 10.2%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in accommodation and food services (9.7% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (6.5% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in manufacturing (5.7% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Ruapehu District increased by 624 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2013 and 2018 in Ruapehu District were for those employed in:

  • Accommodation and food services (+153 persons)
  • Administrative and support services (+99 persons)
  • Construction (+96 persons)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (+81 persons)

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