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Ruapehu District CouncilCommunity profile

Ruapehu District

Industry of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in Ruapehu 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 Ruapehu 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
Ruapehu District20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1,23023.210.21,17922.712.2+51
Electricity, gas, water and waste services360.70.7210.41.0+15
Wholesale trade1082.04.6811.63.8+27
Retail trade3666.99.14448.510.7-78
Accommodation and food services4929.35.64418.56.3+51
Transport, postal and warehousing1683.23.61262.42.9+42
Information media and telecommunications150.30.6390.80.8-24
Financial and insurance services541.01.6721.41.8-18
Rental, hiring and real estate services841.61.5961.82.3-12
Professional, scientific and technical services1773.36.11412.75.2+36
Administrative and support services1863.53.21052.02.2+81
Public administration and safety55510.47.966012.77.1-105
Education and training4628.710.14689.09.7-6
Health care and social assistance3336.311.83276.311.0+6
Arts and recreation services1292.41.41412.71.7-12
Other services1863.54.01502.94.1+36
Not elsewhere included------901.71.3--
Total people5,313100.0100.05,199100.0100.0+114
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 Ruapehu District in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (1,230 people or 23.2%)
  • Public administration and safety (555 people or 10.4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (492 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 2,277 people in total or 42.9% of the workforce.

In comparison, Manawatu-Wanganui Region employed 10.2% in Agriculture, forestry and fishing; 7.9% in Public administration and safety; and 5.6% in Accommodation and food services.

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

  • A larger percentage of people employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (23.2% compared to 10.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed in accommodation and food services (9.3% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in health care and social assistance (6.3% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in manufacturing (5.9% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Ruapehu District increased by 114 people between 2013 and 2018.

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

  • Public administration and safety (-105 people)
  • Administrative and support services (+81 people)
  • Retail trade (-78 people)
  • Manufacturing (+54 people)

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