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Resident workers - Industry

Health Care and Social Assistance employs more of Cairns’s resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which Cairns residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in Cairns, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in Cairns are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers industry of employment
Cairns 20162011Change
Industry
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1761.62.88931.32.7+283
Mining1,0451.42.39841.42.6+61
Manufacturing2,6983.76.03,5135.18.4-815
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6660.91.17721.11.2-106
Construction5,8998.19.06,1208.89.0-221
Wholesale Trade1,7062.42.62,2093.23.6-503
Retail Trade7,68510.69.98,19511.810.7-510
Accommodation and Food Services7,26810.07.36,6569.67.0+612
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,5906.35.14,6386.75.3-48
Information Media and Telecommunications5850.81.26420.91.2-57
Financial and Insurance Services1,0871.52.51,2001.72.7-113
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4582.02.01,3632.01.8+95
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,3874.76.33,4585.06.5-71
Administrative and Support Services3,0984.33.52,5503.73.2+548
Public Administration and Safety5,7948.06.65,7668.36.7+28
Education and Training6,5009.09.05,5358.07.9+965
Health Care and Social Assistance10,44614.413.08,84912.811.9+1,597
Arts and Recreation Services1,4362.01.61,2661.81.4+170
Other Services3,0474.23.92,8554.13.9+192
Industry not classified2,8283.94.31,7302.52.4+1,098

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers industry of employment, 2016
Resident workers industry of employment, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.8% Mining, Queensland: 2.3% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.1% Construction, Queensland: 9.0% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.6% Retail Trade, Queensland: 9.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.3% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.3% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.6% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.6% Other Services, Queensland: 3.9% Industry not classified, Queensland: 4.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 1.6% Mining, Cairns: 1.4% Manufacturing, Cairns: 3.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 0.9% Construction, Cairns: 8.1% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 2.4% Retail Trade, Cairns: 10.6% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 10.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 6.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 1.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 4.7% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 4.3% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 8.0% Education and Training, Cairns: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 14.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 2.0% Other Services, Cairns: 4.2% Industry not classified, Cairns: 3.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers industry of employment, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers industry of employment, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +283 Mining, Cairns: +61 Manufacturing, Cairns: -815 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: -106 Construction, Cairns: -221 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -503 Retail Trade, Cairns: -510 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +612 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -48 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: -57 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: -113 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +95 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: -71 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +548 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +28 Education and Training, Cairns: +965 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +1,597 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +170 Other Services, Cairns: +192 Industry not classified, Cairns: +1,098
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,446 people or 14.4%)
  • Retail Trade (7,685 people or 10.6%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (7,268 people or 10.0%)

In combination these three industries employed 25,399 people in total or 35.1% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.9% in Retail Trade; and 7.3% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workforce of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.0% compared to 7.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (14.4% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Manufacturing (3.7% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.7% compared to 6.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,597 resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (+1,098 resident workforce)
  • Education and Training (+965 resident workforce)
  • Manufacturing (-815 resident workforce)

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