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STATE AND TERRITORY ESTIMATES
When measured by share of employment Retail trade was the predominant industry in all the states and territories, apart from South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory where it was second to Manufacturing and Professional, scientific and Technical services, respectively.
As measured by share of sales and services income, four different industries predominated in the various jurisdictions.
In 2007-08 sales and services income for Wholesale trade was the largest in New South Wales and Victoria. In Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory, Manufacturing was the largest industry. In Western Australia, Mining was the largest, followed by Manufacturing. Retail trade had the largest sales and service income in the Australian Capital Territory.
In terms of wages and salaries the distribution is quite different. Professional, scientific and technical services was the largest industry in New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Manufacturing was the largest of the selected industries in 2007-08 in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. In Queensland and Northern Territory, the predominant industry was Construction.