The number of manufacturing workers in Australia has fallen 24% over the five years to 2016, new data from the census shows.
Days after the last Australian-made car rolled off the production line in Adelaide, the new data shows Australia’s manufacturing industry as a whole has seen its workforce decline from 902,829 in 2011 to just 683,688 in 2016.
The latest data from the 2016 census, released on Monday, also shows other industries are growing quickly.
Since 2011 the healthcare and social assistance industry – spanning sectors such as hospitals, GPs and aged and childcare – has boomed by 16%. It has solidified its position as the largest industry by employment ahead of the retail industry, accounting for 12.6% of Australia’s working population, up from 11.6% in 2011, and 10.5% in 2006, to employ more than 1,351,000 people.
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