STATES AND TERRITORIES
The east coast states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland continue to account for the largest share of each of the three economic indicators of sales and service income, employment and wages and salaries in 2015-16. More detailed commentary on industries mentioned can be found on the 'Industry Analysis' page of this release.
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 14.8% (or $442.6b) of the national total relative to a population share of 10.8%.
SALES AND SERVICE INCOME
In 2015-16 New South Wales had the largest sales and service income at 31.7% ($944.9b), followed by Victoria at 24.9% ($743.5b) and Queensland at 19.3% ($574.5b).
For New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland Wholesale trade had the biggest share of sales and service income. In Western Australia Mining retained the largest share, while in the Northern Territory it was Construction. For South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory Retail trade was the main contributor.
At June 2016 New South Wales had the biggest share of national employment at 33.1% (about 3,536,000 people), followed by Victoria at 25.5% (about 2,722,000 people) and Queensland at 19.3% (about 2,063,000 people).
The Retail trade industry was the largest employer in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. In Tasmania it was a tie between the Retail trade and the private sector Health care and social assistance industries. In Western Australia and the Northern Territory the Construction industry contributed the most to employment and in the Australian Capital Territory the biggest employer was the Professional, scientific and technical services industry.
WAGES AND SALARIES
New South Wales accounted for the largest share of wages and salaries in 2015-16 at 32.7% ($176.6b) followed by Victoria at 24.6% ($132.5b) and Queensland at 19.1% ($103.1b).
For New South Wales, Victoria and Australian Capital Territory the Professional, scientific and technical services industry paid out the most in wages and salaries, while in Western Australia it was the Mining industry. In Queensland and Northern Territory the Construction industry had the largest share of wages and salaries while in South Australia and Tasmania it was the Manufacturing and the private sector Health care and social assistance industry respectively.
Tasmania had the lowest average wages and salaries per employed person at $41,381, while Western Australia continued to have the highest wages and salaries per employed person at $60,785. (See Endnote.)
STATE AND TERRITORY CONTRIBUTION TO TOTAL SELECTED INDUSTRIES(a), 2015-16
(a) See Technical Note: State and Territory Estimates in this release.
(b) As at 30 June 2016, Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2016 (cat. no. 3101.0).
Note that average wages and salaries have been calculated using wages and salaries for the full financial year 2015-16, whereas employment is a point in time estimate at June 2016, so the ratio should be used with caution.