Traditionally, job creation has kept pace with the high rate of population growth in the region. However, according to ABS Census data (2011), some of the less attractive features of our region’s labour market include the casualisation of the workforce, under-employment and long-term unemployment rates that are higher than the NSW average. The RDA Northern Rivers Data App indicates that the health care and social sector is the largest employer in the region (17.3% of total employment) with employment in retail being the second largest sector (12.5% of total employment) in the region. Accommodation and food services, construction and manufacturing, continue to employ a large percentage of the population.
RDA-Northern Rivers has been involved in workforce development projects and a number of resources from those projects are available for download. From 2007-10 the Innovative Development of Excellent Aged Services (IDEAS) project aimed to increase the capability, expertise and overall employment in the aged services sector in the region.
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In 2012-13, the NSW Sugar Workforce Transition Project aimed to increase retention in the local Sugar industry and also included the development and pilot of the North Coast Agricultural Shared Labour Pool. [wpfilebase tag=list id=14 tpl=table pagenav=1 /]