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Industry composition

In 2019, the Household services sector accounted for 40.1% of employment in Cairns. The importance of this sector has increased over the last 10 years (35.3% in 2009)

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, 2019: 0.6% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2019: 1.4% Public administration and safety, 2019: 7.8% Business services, 2019: 13.0% Goods related, 2019: 37.1% Household services, 2019: 40.1% Mining, 2014: 0.8% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2014: 1.5% Public administration and safety, 2014: 7.9% Business services, 2014: 13.9% Goods related, 2014: 35.4% Household services, 2014: 40.5% Mining, 2009: 0.5% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2009: 1.3% Public administration and safety, 2009: 7.5% Business services, 2009: 14.2% Goods related, 2009: 41.1% Household services, 2009: 35.3%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts
Employment composition
Household services33,08140.130,33440.525,86535.3
Goods related30,61037.126,51035.430,08841.1
Business services10,68913.010,37613.910,41614.2
Public administration and safety6,4377.85,9487.95,4907.5
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1,1861.41,1371.59511.3

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.

Data are based on a 2016-17 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