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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
Cairns2018/192000/01Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2000/01 to 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1861.42.71,1492.15.2+37
Mining4660.62.4980.21.3+368
Manufacturing4,2645.26.93,4296.410.4+835
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9501.21.24250.80.9+525
Construction9,47711.59.64,4048.27.6+5,073
Wholesale Trade2,0692.52.91,8733.54.5+196
Retail Trade8,89610.810.57,32513.711.8+1,572
Accommodation and Food Services8,1779.97.66,73812.67.6+1,439
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,9536.05.34,0267.55.2+928
Information Media and Telecommunications7450.91.38021.51.9-57
Financial and Insurance Services1,6001.92.61,0842.02.9+516
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,6752.01.71,1712.21.9+504
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,8574.76.42,6635.05.6+1,194
Administrative and Support Services2,8113.43.32,3044.33.2+508
Public Administration and Safety6,4377.87.03,6076.75.8+2,830
Education and Training7,0848.69.24,0067.58.0+3,078
Health Care and Social Assistance12,28314.913.54,9709.310.2+7,312
Arts and Recreation Services1,6742.01.61,0161.91.6+659
Other Services3,8634.74.02,4594.64.4+1,404

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, Queensland: 2.7% Mining, Queensland: 2.4% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.2% Construction, Queensland: 9.6% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.9% Retail Trade, Queensland: 10.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.4% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 7.0% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.6% Other Services, Queensland: 4.0% 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, 2000/01 to 2018/19
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2000/01 to 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +37 Mining, Cairns: +368 Manufacturing, Cairns: +835 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +525 Construction, Cairns: +5,073 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +196 Retail Trade, Cairns: +1,572 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +1,439 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: +928 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: -57 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +516 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +504 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +1,194 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +508 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +2,830 Education and Training, Cairns: +3,078 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +7,312 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +659 Other Services, Cairns: +1,404
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, Queensland employed 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.6% in Construction; and 10.5% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (9.9% compared to 7.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (11.5% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.6% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (5.2% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Cairns increased by 28,922 between 2000/01 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2000/01 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+7,312 local workers)
  • Construction (+5,073 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+3,078 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+2,830 local workers)

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