Employment winners and losers

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The health and aged care and mining sectors are the two big industry winners when it comes to employment gains during the last year, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald. Health and aged care added 48 700 to its 1.3 million workers, while mining jobs increased by 44 600 in the last year to total 249 700.

Geographically, the two big winners have been Western Australia and Queensland, which accounted for almost two thirds of the new mining jobs between them. NSW, South Australia and Victoria also recorded modest gains in mining jobs.

Western Australia and Queensland also enjoyed a flow-on effect, with overall job numbers increasing by 54 000 and 24 000 workers, respectively. They also accounted for the vast majority of new health and aged care worker positions.

Australia’s previous largest employment sector, retail, has been losing ground since 2009, with a further 35 100 workers lost this past year, mostly in Victoria. Other sectors to suffer job losses included accommodation and catering, transport, warehousing, wholesale and manufacturing.

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