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Employment by industry (Total)

In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 12,283 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Cairns. 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 Cairns 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 Cairns'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.

NOTE: Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment (total) by industry
Cairns2018/192013/14Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Far North Queensland%Number%Far North Queensland%2013/14 to 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1861.45.81,1371.56.1+49
Mining4660.61.85780.82.0-112
Manufacturing4,2645.25.23,4634.65.2+801
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9501.21.28271.11.2+123
Construction9,47711.59.86,2488.37.8+3,229
Wholesale Trade2,0692.52.22,0752.82.5-5
Retail Trade8,89610.810.08,81511.810.8+81
Accommodation and Food Services8,1779.99.67,65310.29.4+524
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,9536.05.55,0836.86.0-130
Information Media and Telecommunications7450.90.87341.00.9+11
Financial and Insurance Services1,6001.91.61,2501.71.4+350
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,6752.01.71,5192.01.8+156
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,8574.74.23,8315.14.3+26
Administrative and Support Services2,8113.43.23,0424.13.7-230
Public Administration and Safety6,4377.88.25,9487.98.1+490
Education and Training7,0848.68.86,8029.18.9+282
Health Care and Social Assistance12,28314.913.811,03914.713.5+1,243
Arts and Recreation Services1,6742.01.91,4702.01.9+205
Other Services3,8634.74.63,3704.54.6+493

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more

Employment (total) by industry 2018/19
Employment (total) by industry 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Far North Queensland: 5.8% Mining, Far North Queensland: 1.8% Manufacturing, Far North Queensland: 5.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Far North Queensland: 1.2% Construction, Far North Queensland: 9.8% Wholesale Trade, Far North Queensland: 2.2% Retail Trade, Far North Queensland: 10.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Far North Queensland: 9.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Far North Queensland: 5.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Far North Queensland: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Far North Queensland: 1.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Far North Queensland: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Far North Queensland: 4.2% Administrative and Support Services, Far North Queensland: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, Far North Queensland: 8.2% Education and Training, Far North Queensland: 8.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, Far North Queensland: 13.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Far North Queensland: 1.9% Other Services, Far North Queensland: 4.6% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 1.4% Mining, Cairns: 0.6% Manufacturing, Cairns: 5.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 1.2% Construction, Cairns: 11.5% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 2.5% Retail Trade, Cairns: 10.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 9.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 6.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 0.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 1.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 4.7% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 3.4% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 7.8% Education and Training, Cairns: 8.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 14.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 2.0% Other Services, Cairns: 4.7%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +49 Mining, Cairns: -112 Manufacturing, Cairns: +801 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +123 Construction, Cairns: +3,229 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -5 Retail Trade, Cairns: +81 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +524 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -130 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +11 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +350 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +156 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +26 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: -230 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +490 Education and Training, Cairns: +282 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +1,243 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +205 Other Services, Cairns: +493
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Cairns in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12,283 people or 14.9%)
  • Construction (9,477 people or 11.5%)
  • Retail Trade (8,896 people or 10.8%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 30,656 people in total or 37.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Far North Queensland employed 13.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.8% in Construction; and 10.0% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Cairns and Far North Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (11.5% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (14.9% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.4% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.6% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Cairns increased by 7,586 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+3,229 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,243 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+801 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+524 local workers)

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