Sydney GDP 2015-2016

New research released by SGS Economics & Planning (SGS) reveals that Sydney and Melbourne are driving the national economy, while regional areas are languishing. During 2015-16, 67.0 per cent of national Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was generated in Sydney and Melbourne – the highest level on record.

  • In 2015-16 Sydney’s GDP was $400.9 billion and represented 24.1 per cent of national GDP.
  • Sydney’s 4.5 per cent GDP growth rate was the highest since 1999-2000 and the third highest on
  • record.
  • Sydney contributed 38.6 per cent of GDP growth, the highest since 1991-92.
  • The construction industry’s contribution (0.7 percentage points) to Sydney’s GDP growth was the
  • highest on record.
  • Financial services share of Sydney’s economy is at a record high of 16.0 per cent.
  • Manufacturing share of Sydney’s economy is at a record low of 5.7 per cent.
  • Sydney’s labour productivity grew faster (1.2 per cent) than the national average (1.0 per cent) and is now at a record high of $90 per hour worked.
  • Sydney’s GDP per capita of $80,000 is $10,600 higher than the national average – the highest margin since 2004-05.
  • Sydney’s GDP per capita is $32,200 higher than Regional NSW, this is the highest on record.
  • Regional NSW GDP grew by 0.4 per cent, an improvement from the 0.0 per cent in 2014-15.
  • Regional NSW GDP per capita has fallen 4.3 per cent since 2011-12.

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