Bundaberg Regional Council

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Bundaberg Regional Council

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Bundaberg Regional Council, making up 17.2% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Bundaberg Regional Council regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Bundaberg Regional Council in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Bundaberg Regional Council20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,21510.32.83,0369.82.7+179
Mining860.32.31120.42.6-26
Manufacturing2,0876.76.02,7778.98.4-690
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2910.91.13301.11.2-39
Construction1,8856.08.91,8646.09.0+21
Wholesale Trade6512.12.69543.13.6-303
Retail Trade3,88012.49.94,29713.810.7-417
Accommodation and Food Services2,2997.37.42,1356.97.0+164
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1203.65.11,1153.65.2+5
Information Media and Telecommunications2470.81.22520.81.2-5
Financial and Insurance Services5051.62.55901.92.7-85
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4781.52.04611.51.8+17
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,0523.46.21,0833.56.5-31
Administrative and Support Services8692.83.57712.53.2+98
Public Administration and Safety1,5615.06.51,5865.16.7-25
Education and Training2,9469.49.02,6398.57.9+307
Health Care and Social Assistance5,38217.213.04,96716.011.9+415
Arts and Recreation Services2750.91.62240.71.4+51
Other Services1,2123.93.91,2404.03.9-28
Industry not classified1,2984.14.37172.32.4+581
Total persons31,339100.0100.031,131100.0100.0+208

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Bundaberg Regional Council in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,382 people or 17.2%)
  • Retail Trade (3,880 people or 12.4%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (3,215 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 12,477 people in total or 39.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.9% in Retail Trade and 2.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (10.3% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.2% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (6.0% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.4% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Bundaberg Regional Council were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-690 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+581 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-417 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+415 local workers)

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