Jobs Australia 2014: Where are the jobs in Victoria?

Jobs spotlight: Victoria

Victoria is the second most populous state and employment grew strongly over the five years to November 2013, up by 217,300 or 8.1 per cent, which is well above the national average of 6.5 per cent.

The growth in regional employment over the past five years (8.7 per cent) was greater than the growth experienced in Melbourne (7.7 per cent). There are more than 740,000 workers living in regional Victoria and the largest employing non-metropolitan region is Barwon-Western District, with employment then spread evenly across the other regional areas.

Workers in Victoria are slightly more likely to have post-school qualifications and to hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification than the national average.

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

Notable changes from 2013 report:

Agriculture, forestry and fishing was in decline with a reduction of 6.5 per cent noted last year but this picked up to be a 16.9 per cent increase in the 2014 report.

Growth in electricity, gas, water and waste services has almost halved from the 2013 report with growth now reported as 14.6 per cent.

Financial and insurance services have enjoyed three times the growth of the previous report.

Mining growth increased by more than 16.5 per cent from the last report to sit at 27.6 per cent.

The decline in the rental, hiring and real estate industry has continued from 2.5 per cent in the last report to 10.1 per cent in this year’s report.

Transport, postal and warehousing and wholesale trade have both had sharp declines between reports.

Professional, scientific and technical services has increased significantly in growth from 16.5 per cent to 27.6 per cent between the reports.

Where are the jobs?

 Largest employing industries:

  • Health care and social assistance (359,000)
  • Retail (311,800)
  • Manufacturing (277,700)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (263,300)

 Fastest growing industries:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (27.6 per cent)
  • Mining (26.5 per cent)
  • Health care and social assistance (25 per cent)
  • Financial and insurance services (22.8 per cent)

Largest number of new jobs created:

  • Health care and social assistance (+71,700)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+57,000)
  • Education and training (+31,300)
  • Accommodation and food services (+25,900)

Largest job losses:

  • Manufacturing (-39,000)
  • Wholesale trade (-10,300)
  • Information, media and telecommunications (-8,000)
  • Transport and postal (-7,900)
  • Rental, hiring and real estate services (-4,400)

Where's my competition?

Highest proportion of older workers:

Goulburn-Ovens-Murray (46 per cent), Loddon-Mallee (44 per cent) and Barwon-Western District (44 per cent).

Lowest proportion of older workers: 

Melbourne (37 per cent), Central Highlands-Wimmera (41 per cent) and Gippsland (41 per cent)

Highest proportion without a post-school qualification:

Barwon-Western District (40 per cent) and Loddon-Mallee (40 per cent)


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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