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Industry composition

In 2018, the Household services sector accounted for 41.6% of employment in Cairns. The importance of this sector has increased over the last 10 years (34.0% in 2008)

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, 2018: 0.3% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2018: 1.7% Public administration and safety, 2018: 7.7% Business services, 2018: 13.4% Goods related, 2018: 35.2% Household services, 2018: 41.6% Mining, 2013: 0.8% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2013: 1.5% Public administration and safety, 2013: 8.1% Business services, 2013: 14.0% Goods related, 2013: 36.3% Household services, 2013: 39.3% Mining, 2008: 0.5% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2008: 1.4% Public administration and safety, 2008: 7.5% Business services, 2008: 14.4% Goods related, 2008: 42.2% Household services, 2008: 34.0%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts
Employment composition
Household services34,73541.629,03539.324,53634.0
Goods related29,40235.226,81836.330,41642.2
Business services11,22513.410,37414.010,39214.4
Public administration and safety6,4257.75,9728.15,3767.5
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1,3931.71,1171.51,0011.4

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. 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