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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.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Cairns2018/192006/07Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2006/07 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1861.42.79771.43.5+209
Mining4660.62.42800.41.9+186
Manufacturing4,2645.26.93,5235.19.7+741
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9501.21.26751.01.1+275
Construction9,47711.59.69,09413.210.5+383
Wholesale Trade2,0692.52.92,0553.03.9+14
Retail Trade8,89610.810.58,88412.911.5+12
Accommodation and Food Services8,1779.97.67,21010.57.0+967
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,9536.05.35,2037.65.4-249
Information Media and Telecommunications7450.91.39591.41.7-214
Financial and Insurance Services1,6001.92.61,3271.92.8+273
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,6752.01.71,5382.22.2+137
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,8574.76.43,2054.75.9+652
Administrative and Support Services2,8113.43.32,7924.13.2+20
Public Administration and Safety6,4377.87.05,2437.66.6+1,195
Education and Training7,0848.69.25,1487.57.5+1,937
Health Care and Social Assistance12,28314.913.56,6529.710.2+5,631
Arts and Recreation Services1,6742.01.61,2721.91.6+403
Other Services3,8634.74.02,7003.93.9+1,163
Total industries82,469100.0100.068,735100.0100.0+13,734

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

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

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Cairns increased by increased by 13,734 between 2006/07 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+5,631 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,937 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+1,195 local workers)
  • Other Services (+1,163 local workers)

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