Cairns

Industry composition

In 2021, the Household services sector accounted for 42.1% of employment in Cairns. The importance of this sector has increased over the last 10 years (37.6% in 2011)

Understanding the economic role of Cairns Regional Council provides a framework for understanding what policy responses and investment may be appropriate to support the growth of businesses and maintenance of a vibrant economy in the future.

The charts and table below give a broad overview of the role and function of your economy. It helps answer questions such as:

  • How much of Cairns's economy is driven by meeting the local population needs?
  • What proportion of jobs in the area are in goods production or selling of products?
  • In which broad sectors are the key strengths of the local economy?
  • What contribution do business services make in your area and is it growing?
  • Is there a presence of local, state and federal government workers in in the area?

Once you have developed a broad picture of your economy, you can then drill down further with all the detail here.

Employment composition
Cairns202120162011
Industrynumber$number%. number%.
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1,3601.61,4091.89391.3
Mining7910.93450.43290.5
Goods related28,20633.726,00333.927,14037.3
Household services35,28742.132,06841.827,35637.6
Business services11,85614.210,93514.311,10815.3
Public administration and safety6,2217.45,8907.75,9508.2
Total Industries83,721100.076,648100.072,822100.0

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2018-19 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more.

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Cairns Regional Council

economic profile