Northern Territory

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The Northern Territory graphic shows 37% of jobs are regional. 12% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 11% of workers are self-employed.
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33% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 32% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 3% of workers hold an other qualification. 32% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

 

Top employing industries in the Northern Territory

  Employ’t May 2021 Share of total 5 year change to May 2021
Industries  '000 %  '000 %
Health Care and Social Assistance 22.1 17 4.8 27.9
Public Administration and Safety 22.0 17 -3.1 -12.2
Construction 12.3 9 -2.1 -14.6
Education and Training 10.8 8 0.8 8.0
Retail Trade 9.9 8 -1.2 -11.1
Accommodation and Food Services 9.9 8 -0.5 -4.6
Other Services 8.1 6 2.0 32.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 6.7 5 1.2 22.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 6.3 5 -1.7 -20.9
Administrative and Support Services 5.7 4 2.6 82.6
Mining 3.1 2 -4.8 -60.3
Arts and Recreation Services 3.0 2 -0.5 -13.4
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 3.0 2 1.8 -
Manufacturing 3.0 2 -0.8 -21.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 1.9 1 -0.2 -7.3
Wholesale Trade 1.6 1 -2.0 -56.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 1.4 1 -1.2 -46.1
Financial and Insurance Services 0.9 1 -0.6 -
Information Media and Telecommunications 0.7 1 0.1 -

Following the onset of COVID-19 and the shutdown of non-essential services and trading restrictions, employment in the Northern Territory fell by 8,600 (or 6.4%) between March 2020 and September 2020. Over the same period, the participation rate in the territory decreased, from 75.6% in March 2020, to 70.5% in September 2020, while the unemployment rate rose, from 5.2% in March 2020, to a peak of 7.3% in July 2020.

Since September 2020, employment in the Northern Territory has increased by 2,600 but remains 6,100 (or 4.5%) below its pre-pandemic level. While the unemployment rate in the territory, at 4.6% in July 2021, is below the pre-pandemic rate, the participation rate is also below that recorded in March 2020, standing at 71.2%.

Encouragingly, reflecting the relative absence of COVID-19 cases, there has been robust growth in recruitment activity in the Northern Territory, as measured by the Internet Vacancy Index, with job advertisements 1.5 times higher than the pre-pandemic level.

Employment by region, Northern Territory

  Employment Employment Profile Educational
  Employment May 2021 5 year change to May 2021 Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region '000 '000 % % % % % % % %
Darwin 82.4 -3.8 -4.4 23 47 14 17 30 35 32
NT - Outback 47.7 -0.7 -1.5 26 48 10 22 49 21 29
Northern Territory 131 -6.5 -4.7 24 48 12 19 34 30 32
Australia 13125.1 1177.9 9.9 32 47 14 20 36 29 29

Note: While September 2020 was the trough recorded in employment for the Northern Territory during the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, employment in the territory was at a lower level in June 2021. It should be noted that data for the Northern Territory contains a degree of volatility and should be interpreted with caution.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work; National Skills Commission, Internet Vacancy Index.