Ballina Shire

Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for Ballina Shire in 2022/23 was 0.92, meaning that there were less jobs than resident workers. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing had the highest ratio (1.36), while the lowest ratio was found in Mining (0.64).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether Ballina Shire could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Comparison year:
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Employment capacity by industry
Ballina Shire2022/232017/18
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1418411.369588551.12
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1922610.741441670.86
Wholesale Trade3865180.744354710.93
Retail Trade2,7142,9000.942,2462,3700.95
Accommodation and Food Services2,0772,3860.871,6521,7920.92
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5876460.915656120.92
Information Media and Telecommunications1612060.781702520.67
Financial and Insurance Services3835290.723234490.72
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3353990.843484370.80
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,3071,5170.861,1591,3690.85
Administrative and Support Services8689310.936016450.93
Public Administration and Safety1,0731,2840.848301,1000.76
Education and Training2,0382,2640.901,7602,2470.78
Health Care and Social Assistance4,1324,2460.973,1173,5520.88
Arts and Recreation Services3624010.903904370.89
Other Services1,1471,3500.856387080.90
Total industries22,73024,8000.9218,09320,5750.88

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more.

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