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Industry composition

In 2017, the Household services sector accounted for 41.1% of employment in Cairns. The importance of this sector has increased over the last 10 years (33.8% in 2007)

Understanding the economic role of Cairns 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 the 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
Employment composition Mining, 2017: 0.3% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2017: 1.7% Public administration and safety, 2017: 8.1% Business services, 2017: 14.1% Goods related, 2017: 34.6% Household services, 2017: 41.1% Mining, 2012: 0.8% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2012: 1.4% Public administration and safety, 2012: 8.1% Business services, 2012: 14.7% Goods related, 2012: 37.1% Household services, 2012: 37.8% Mining, 2007: 0.6% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2007: 1.5% Public administration and safety, 2007: 7.6% Business services, 2007: 14.4% Goods related, 2007: 42.2% Household services, 2007: 33.8%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts
Employment composition
Household services31,68041.128,00837.823,59033.8
Goods related26,66934.627,49837.129,50242.2
Business services10,91214.110,90414.710,09014.4
Public administration and safety6,2838.16,0158.15,2887.6
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1,3301.71,0551.41,0361.5

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.

Data are based on a 2015-16 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