Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for Cairns in 2020/21 was 0.95, meaning that there were less jobs than resident workers. Financial and Insurance Services had the highest ratio (1.09), while the lowest ratio was found in Mining (0.25).

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 Cairns 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
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,3601,2871.061,4091,4360.98
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7557581.009169640.95
Wholesale Trade2,1312,7310.781,8931,9690.96
Retail Trade8,3739,9500.848,6548,7030.99
Accommodation and Food Services9,3468,7691.077,8177,9920.98
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,8285,0120.964,9035,1450.95
Information Media and Telecommunications9729091.078408550.98
Financial and Insurance Services2,0751,9001.091,3221,3290.99
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,6481,7470.941,5981,6160.99
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,4284,7030.943,9143,9670.99
Administrative and Support Services2,7342,5221.083,2613,3760.97
Public Administration and Safety6,2216,8780.905,8906,2420.94
Education and Training7,1277,0521.017,6957,9370.97
Health Care and Social Assistance13,77013,8800.9911,52211,6670.99
Arts and Recreation Services1,7191,9720.871,6441,7840.92
Other Services3,3263,2741.023,3903,4370.99
Total industries83,72188,4360.9576,64879,7010.96

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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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