The 2014 Adelaide City Census of Land Use and Employment (ACCLUE) provides a rich insight into the City economy.
ACCLUE reports that the number of people employed by Adelaide City businesses and organisations has increased by 4% from 118,050 in 2011 to 122,700 in 2014.
The fastest growing sector in the City was Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (the fourth largest sector in the City) and the fourth fastest was Information Media and Telecommunications. Taken together with parts of Health and Education (both of which are growing), these sectors constitute our knowledge economy which is where the opportunities for future growth are centred.
The City has seen a marked decrease in employment in administrative and support services between 2011 and 2014. This follows what was a period of significant growth between 2008 and 2011. Employment in retail trade has continued its gradual decline, falling marginally from 2011 levels.
The State Government has set a target in the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide to increase employment in the City by 50,000 (or 1.23% compound annual growth) over 30 years. So far the City is on track to meet this target with employment increasing by 1.3% per year between 2011 and 2014.
The ACCLUE is undertaken by the City of Adelaide every two to three years and aims to determine the number and type of businesses operating in the City and how many people they employ. The next ACCLUE survey is due to take place in 2016.