Tasmania

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The Tasmania graphic shows 54% of jobs are regional. 15% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 17% of workers are self-employed.
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28% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 32% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 7% of workers hold an other qualification. 33% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

 

Top employing industries in Tasmania

  Employ’t May 2021 Share of total 5 year change to May 2021
Industries  '000 %  '000 %
Health Care and Social Assistance 41.6 16 7.2 21.1
Retail Trade 29.6 11 2.5 9.2
Accommodation and Food Services 25.3 10 7.3 40.7
Education and Training 21.5 8 0.4 2.0
Public Administration and Safety 19.8 8 2.1 12.0
Manufacturing 19.8 8 0.1 0.6
Construction 19.5 7 1.9 10.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 13.9 5 1.9 15.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 13.0 5 3.6 37.8
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 10.9 4 -1.7 -13.8
Other Services 9.9 4 0.8 8.6
Administrative and Support Services 8.4 3 1.3 18.8
Wholesale Trade 5.7 2 0.5 10.4
Arts and Recreation Services 5.1 2 0.3 5.7
Financial and Insurance Services 5.0 2 0.0 -0.7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 4.1 2 -0.3 -6.2
Mining 3.1 1 0.3 11.9
Information Media and Telecommunications 3.0 1 -0.1 -3.6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 2.5 1 -1.6 -38.5

While Tasmania is the smallest employing state, there are employment opportunities available across all industries.

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry (accounting for 16% of the workforce), followed by Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services.

Tasmania has the oldest workforce of any state or territory, with 46% aged 45 years or older. Part-time work is also relatively common (39% of state employment, the largest share in Australia). Workers in this state are less likely than the national average to have a bachelor degree or higher, although they are more likely to have completed a certificate III or higher vocational qualification.

Tasmania has the most regionally diverse workforce in Australia, with more than half of all workers employed outside of Hobart.

The impact of COVID-19 on the Tasmania labour market

Following the onset of COVID-19 and the shutdown of non-essential services and trading restrictions, employment in Tasmania fell sharply between March 2020 and the trough in May 2020 (down by 18,100 or 7.0%).

Over the same period, 15,400 people left the labour force, pushing the participation rate down, from 61.0% in March 2020, to 57.4% in May 2020, the lowest rate recorded since April 2002. In addition, the unemployment rate rose sharply, from 5.0% in March 2020, to 6.4% in May 2020, before peaking at 7.9% in October 2020, the highest rate recorded since September 2013.

Reflecting the decline in COVID-19 cases and subsequent easing in restrictions, however, employment in Tasmania rebounded strongly, increasing by 23,200 between May 2020 and July 2021, and is now 5,100 (or 2.0%) above its pre-pandemic level. Moreover, the participation rate in the state increased to 61.3% in July 2021, while the unemployment rate is now below the rate recorded in March 2020, standing at 4.5% in July 2021.

While the outbreak of COVID-19 cases across a number of jurisdictions has increased the level of uncertainty across much of the country, it is encouraging to note that there has been robust growth in recruitment activity in Tasmania (reflecting its COVID-19 free status), as measured by the Internet Vacancy Index, with job advertisements now 1.7 times higher in July 2021 than their pre-pandemic level.

Employment by region, Tasmania

  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 % % % % % % % %
Hobart 118.8 12.4 11.6 40 47 15 22 36 29 28
Launceston and North East 70.3 5.3 8.1 36 49 15 25 25 32 37
South East 17.7 1.5 9.3 43 47 10 33 24 38 29
West and North West 48.5 -3.1 -6.1 37 47 14 27 18 36 37
Tasmania 259 23.4 9.9 39 47 15 25 28 32 33
Australia 13125.1 1177.9 9.9 32 47 14 20 36 29 29

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.