Australian Jobs 2021
Top employing industries in the Northern Territory
|Employ’t May 2021||Share of total||5 year change to May 2021|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||22.1||17||4.8||27.9|
|Public Administration and Safety||22.0||17||-3.1||-12.2|
|Education and Training||10.8||8||0.8||8.0|
|Accommodation and Food Services||9.9||8||-0.5||-4.6|
|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|
|Arts and Recreation Services||3.0||2||-0.5||-13.4|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||3.0||2||1.8||-|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||1.9||1||-0.2||-7.3|
|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 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|
|NT - Outback||47.7||-0.7||-1.5||26||48||10||22||49||21||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.