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STATE AND TERRITORY ESTIMATES
Measured by share of employment, Retail trade was the predominant industry Australia-wide and in most states and territories. In Western Australia Construction was predominant, and in the Australian Capital Territory Professional, scientific and technical services was predominant. In both these cases Retail trade was the second largest contributor to employment.
In terms of wages and salaries the predominant industry varied among the states and territories. In New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Professional, scientific and technical services was the predominant industry; in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, Manufacturing was predominant; and in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Construction was predominant.
In terms of sales and service income the predominant industry also varied among the states and territories. In New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia Wholesale trade was the most significant contributor. In Western Australia Mining was predominant; in Tasmania, Retail trade; in the Northern Territory, Manufacturing; and in the Australian Capital Territory, Construction.