STATES AND TERRITORIES
While the key economic indicators for most states and territories were commensurate with the population distribution, the exception was Western Australia, where sales and service income accounted for 16.3% (or $482b) of the national total relative to a population share of 10.9%.
SALES AND SERVICE INCOME
In 2014-15 New South Wales continued to have the largest sales and service income at 31.2% ($922b) of Total selected industries, followed by Victoria at 24.1% ($713b) and Queensland (19.2% or $568b).
At June 2015 New South Wales continued to have the highest employment at 32.9% (about 3,494,000 people), followed by Victoria with 25.3% (about 2,691,000 people) and Queensland (19.5% or about 2,078,000 people).
The Retail Trade Industry had the largest employment in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. In Tasmania the Health care and social assistance (private) and Retail trade industries had the largest employment in the state. In Western Australia and the Northern Territory Construction had the largest employment and for the Australian Capital Territory it was Professional, scientific and technical services.
WAGES AND SALARIES
New South Wales accounted for the largest share of wages and salaries in 2014-15 at 32.1% ($167b), followed by Victoria with 24.2% ($126b) and Queensland (19.5% or $102b). For New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory the Professional, scientific and technical services industry had the biggest share of wages and salaries. However this is not the same trend seen in the other states and territories; in Queensland and the Northern Territory the Construction industry had the biggest share of wages and salaries, while in South Australia and Western Australia it was the Manufacturing and Mining industries respectively. In contrast, for Tasmania it was the Health care and social assistance (private) industry.
Tasmania also had the lowest average wages and salaries per employed person at $39,190, while Western Australia continued to have the highest wages and salaries per employed person at $60,535. (See Endnote)
STATE AND TERRITORY CONTRIBUTION TO TOTAL SELECTED INDUSTRIES(a), 2014-15
(a) See Technical Note: State and Territory Estimates.
(b) As at 30 June 2015, Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2015 (cat. no. 3101.0).
Note that average wages and salaries have been calculated using wages and salaries for the full financial year 2014-15, whereas employment is a point in time estimate at June 2015, so they should be used with caution.