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South WairarapaCommunity profile

South Wairarapa District

Industry of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in South Wairarapa 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 South Wairarapa 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
South Wairarapa District20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing93322.61.798427.82.7-51
Electricity, gas, water and waste services150.40.960.20.8+9
Wholesale trade992.43.21083.13.3-9
Retail trade41710.18.13279.29.1+90
Accommodation and food services44410.86.536310.35.7+81
Transport, postal and warehousing1112.73.5692.03.3+42
Information media and telecommunications541.32.7391.13.0+15
Financial and insurance services360.94.1541.55.5-18
Rental, hiring and real estate services721.71.6752.12.1-3
Professional, scientific and technical services2766.713.41654.712.7+111
Administrative and support services1082.64.4842.43.1+24
Public administration and safety1623.913.0812.311.9+81
Education and training2586.38.32346.69.0+24
Health care and social assistance2796.89.32256.49.5+54
Arts and recreation services571.42.2481.42.4+9
Other services1353.33.81022.94.1+33
Not elsewhere included------692.01.0--
Total people4,122100.0100.03,537100.0100.0+585
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 South Wairarapa District in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (933 people or 22.6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (444 people or 10.8%)
  • Retail trade (417 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three industries employed 1,794 people in total or 43.5% of the workforce.

In comparison, Wellington Region employed 1.7% in Agriculture, forestry and fishing; 6.5% in Accommodation and food services; and 8.1% in Retail trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the South Wairarapa District and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (22.6% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed in accommodation and food services (10.8% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in public administration and safety (3.9% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in professional, scientific and technical services (6.7% compared to 13.4%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in South Wairarapa District increased by 585 people between 2013 and 2018.

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

  • Construction (+111 people)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+111 people)
  • Retail trade (+90 people)
  • Accommodation and food services (+81 people)

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