Balonne Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Balonne Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 734 local jobs in 2022/23.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Balonne Shire. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Balonne Shire regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Balonne Shire's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Balonne Shire2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing73433.12.479134.42.6-57
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services251.11.3261.11.3-1
Wholesale Trade622.82.5672.92.7-5
Retail Trade1346.09.12079.09.9-73
Accommodation and Food Services1104.96.91124.97.2-2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing723.35.4753.25.5-2
Information Media and Telecommunications001.0001.3--
Financial and Insurance Services130.62.7190.82.5-5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services211.01.790.41.9+12
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services482.27.4401.76.6+8
Administrative and Support Services572.63.3451.93.4+12
Public Administration and Safety1607.26.61335.86.7+27
Education and Training2039.19.22048.99.2-2
Health Care and Social Assistance25011.316.228612.414.1-36
Arts and Recreation Services210.91.730.11.7+18
Other Services1024.64.1883.84.1+13
Total industries2,217100.0100.02,301100.0100.0-83

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. 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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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Balonne Shire in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (734 people or 33.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (250 people or 11.3%)
  • Education and Training (203 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 1,186 people in total or 53.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.4% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 16.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.2% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Balonne Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (33.1% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.2% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.3% compared to 16.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.7% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Balonne Shire decreased by -83 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Public Administration and Safety (+27 local workers)
  • Construction (+21 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+18 local workers)
  • Other Services (+13 local workers)

Balonne Shire

economic profile