Leeton has been renowned as the “heart of Australia’s food bowl” for more than a century. The average farmer in the MIA is estimated to feed on average 600 people, 450 of these are through exports, and contributes 38% of NSW vegetable production. This provides an abundance in employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled workers.
There are in excess of 950 businesses employing approximately 5,000 residents in the Leeton Local Government Area (LGA).
The majority of Industry is driven by the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area – the availability of water and prime agricultural land.
Recent statistics indicate that Food Product Manufacturing is the largest sector of employment (22.6%) in the Local Government Area, followed by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.5%), Education and Training (11.1%), Construction (7.8%), Retail Trade (6.4%) and Health Care and Social Services (6.1%).
The major difference between the employment opportunities held in the Leeton Local Government Area compared to the New South Wales average is that a larger percentage of full-time equivalent workers are employed in Manufacturing (22.6% compared to 7.1%) and in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (15.5% compared to 2.6%).