Friday, December 20, 2013

The creative industries - Sydney 86.3% vs the entire North 7.2%

As part of my work reviewing the draft NSW arts and cultural strategy, I looked at a document entitled NSW creative industries profile prepared by NSW Trade & Investment. The following table provides a summary of NSW regional creative industries (CI) employment by New England region. Sydney numbers are included as a benchmark. Comments follow the table.

Region Total CI Share of NSW % CI share of total employment % Concentration change % pts Growth 2006-2011
Sydney 127,421 86.3 6.2 0.6 20.'5
Hunter 5,063 3.4 1.8 0.0 11.7
Richmond-Tweed 2,349 1.6 2.6 0.1 10.3
Mid-North Coast 1,882 1.3 1.7 0.0 8.5
Northern 893 0.6 1.2 -0.1 -5.3
North-Western 488 0.3 1.0 -0.2 -12.7

Now there are some definition problems with the numbers, but it's still not a pretty picture. The whole North has just 7.2% of the CI workforce as compared to Sydney's 86.3%, while inland New England appears to be going backward at a frightening rate. Not nice. 


This document, describes Newcastle as a satellite of Sydney. Again, not nice!


Scott Hastings said...

I find these numbers very hard to believe. There is a thriving arts community in Port Macquarie-Hastings, not to mention the jobs in the numerous internet startups happening in the area.

Jim Belshaw said...

I agree with your comment, Scott. |It's partly a definitional thing, partly the way that individual nodes are swamped in broader statistics.