Jobs Australia 2014: Where are the jobs in the Northern Territory?

Jobs spotlight: NT

The Northern Territory is Australia’s smallest labour market with 129,100 workers or about one per cent of the national total. Over the five years to November 2013, employment grew strongly (up by 14,200 or 12.4 per cent) and in February 2014 the NT recorded an unemployment rate of 3.7 per cent, well below the national rate of six per cent. This continues the trend of growth from last year, but at 0.9 per cent slower.

Workers in the Northern Territory are slightly less likely to have studied after leaving school with two per cent less qualified residents than the national average. About 30 per cent have a certificate III or higher VET qualification and one in four holds a bachelor degree or higher.

The report notes that 13 of 19 industries experienced jobs growth.

Notable changes from 2013 report:

For accommodation and food services, a sharp decline of 31.1 per cent in 2013 has moved to a nine per cent increase in the 2014 report.

The 38.5 per cent growth rate that arts and recreation services saw in 2013 has become a 7.5 per cent reduction in the 2014 report.

Education and training has had a similarly steep decline with growth slowing from 38.8 per cent in 2013 to just 3.7 per cent growth in the 2014 report.

The decrease in information, media and communications jobs of 7.1 per cent in 2013 has since continued on to become a 38.1 per cent decrease in this year’s report.

Mining’s large increase of 74.3 per cent in 2013 is just 2.5 per cent in 2014.

Rental, hiring and real estate was enjoying employment growth of 37.6 per cent in 2013 but this has since become a decline of 7.7 per cent in 2014.

Largest employing industries:

Fastest growing industries:

  • Construction (60.9 per cent)
  • Wholesale trade (38.2 per cent)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (38 per cent)
  • Other services (29 per cent)

Largest number of new jobs created:

  • Construction (+5,400)
  • Public administration and safety (+4,200)
  • Health care and social assistance (+2,400)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+1,800)

Largest job losses:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (-1,500)
  • Retail trade (-1,100)
  • Information media and telecommunications (-800)

So you’ve got the story for your state, what about the nation? Get a wider view with the top 10 jobs for Australia and see how your state compares.


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