Manufacturing tops money list

AS debate intensifies around the proposed North Byron Parklands development, new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show some surprising results in the changing complexion of Byron Shire's economy.

While the retail, accommodation and food service industries are understandably the biggest employers, accounting for about 30 per cent of all jobs, manufacturing is now the shire's biggest earner.

In 2009, it contributed $117 million to the shire's $1.1 billion economy, topping the list of 19 industries.

It is also the region's fourth-biggest employer, accounting for 929 jobs – almost 10pc of available work.

Equally surprising, arts and recreational services provided the second-lowest income in the shire at $19.5 million, and was the fourth-lowest employer providing only 204 jobs – though the sector continues to grow.

Health care and social assistance was the third-largest job provider, accounting for 1081 positions, and was also the third-biggest income provider, generating $82 million per year.

The traditional primary industries of agriculture, forestry and fishing, which the region was built on, have dwindled to number 11 on the income list, generating about $44 million annually, but remains at eight on the employment list by providing 490 jobs.

Construction takes second spot bringing in $114 million each year, and is the shire's fifth-biggest employer with 869 jobs.

Retail trade featured strongly providing the most employment – 1600 of the 10,700 available jobs in the shire – and generated the fourth-highest income of $81.3 million.

Professional, scientific and technical services generated the fifth-highest income ($80.7 million) and was the seventh-strongest employer, providing 643 jobs.

Mining in the Byron Shire scraped in at last place in bothcategories, providing only 13 jobs while generating about $8.3 million.


Listed by jobs and revenue

Accommodation and Food Services 1484 ($78,673,350)

Construction 869 ($114,158,651)

Financial and Insurance Services 175 ($68,425,716)

Health Care and Social Assistance 1081 ($82,155,867)

Manufacturing 929 ($117,706,188)

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 643 ($80,742,578)

Retail Trade 1598 ($81,336,911)

Source: ABS – Year to June 2009

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