Burdekin Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Burdekin Shire, making up 20.7% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Burdekin Shire 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 Burdekin Shire.

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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Burdekin Shire20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,51920.72.61,64722.32.8-128
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1291.81.21181.61.1+11
Wholesale Trade1452.02.31061.42.6+39
Retail Trade6699.19.37079.69.9-38
Accommodation and Food Services4115.67.23845.27.4+27
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2183.04.72092.85.1+9
Information Media and Telecommunications110.10.9160.21.2-5
Financial and Insurance Services971.32.51141.52.5-17
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services400.51.8570.82.0-17
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2132.96.72383.26.2-25
Administrative and Support Services1452.03.41522.13.5-7
Public Administration and Safety3434.76.13384.66.5+5
Education and Training5858.08.95928.09.0-7
Health Care and Social Assistance76810.515.474210.113.0+26
Arts and Recreation Services310.41.5370.51.6-6
Other Services2954.03.92903.93.9+5
Industry not classified3104.24.52934.04.3+17
Total persons7,348100.0100.07,376100.0100.0-28

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Burdekin Shire in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,519 people or 20.7%)
  • Manufacturing (1,019 people or 13.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (768 people or 10.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,306 people in total or 45.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 5.8% in Manufacturing and 15.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (20.7% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (13.9% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (10.5% compared to 15.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.9% compared to 9.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Burdekin Shire were for those employed in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-128 local workers)
  • Construction (+64 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+39 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-38 local workers)

Burdekin Shire Council

economic profile