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In Cairns, Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services had the highest local sales, generating $1,828 million in 2016/17.

Local sales by industry measures the output of local industries that is sold locally. This includes sales to local consumers, businesses and other organisations.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, local sales data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

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Local sales by industry sector
Cairns - Constant prices2016/172011/12Change
Industry
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$m%Queensland%$m%Queensland%2011/12 to 2016/17
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing339.52.92.7241.22.01.9+98.3
Mining116.11.02.389.90.81.7+26.2
Manufacturing821.47.17.5838.17.19.4-16.7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services407.93.53.5446.73.83.8-38.9
Construction1,727.614.919.12,470.520.924.7-742.9
Wholesale Trade406.63.53.9415.53.53.6-9.0
Retail Trade561.94.94.1607.25.14.1-45.3
Accommodation and Food Services218.21.92.4200.71.72.3+17.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing545.54.74.5620.65.34.8-75.1
Information Media and Telecommunications220.01.92.4195.11.72.0+25.0
Financial and Insurance Services577.75.06.4534.94.55.5+42.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,828.215.814.71,510.712.812.2+317.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services791.56.86.9696.35.96.0+95.2
Administrative and Support Services446.93.93.0432.43.72.8+14.4
Public Administration and Safety814.07.04.2832.67.04.1-18.6
Education and Training515.04.43.6498.74.23.3+16.2
Health Care and Social Assistance848.77.35.7725.76.14.5+123.0
Arts and Recreation Services167.01.40.8183.41.60.7-16.4
Other Services231.22.02.3276.02.32.4-44.8

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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

Local sales by industry sector 2016/17
Local sales by industry sector 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.7% Mining, Queensland: 2.3% Manufacturing, Queensland: 7.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 3.5% Construction, Queensland: 19.1% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.9% Retail Trade, Queensland: 4.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 2.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 4.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 2.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 6.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 14.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.9% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.0% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 4.2% Education and Training, Queensland: 3.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 5.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 0.8% Other Services, Queensland: 2.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 2.9% Mining, Cairns: 1.0% Manufacturing, Cairns: 7.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 3.5% Construction, Cairns: 14.9% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 3.5% Retail Trade, Cairns: 4.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 1.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 1.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 15.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 6.8% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 3.9% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 7.0% Education and Training, Cairns: 4.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 7.3% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 1.4% Other Services, Cairns: 2.0%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in local sales by industry sector, 2011/12 to 2016/17
Change in local sales by industry sector, 2011/12 to 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +$98.3 million Mining, Cairns: +$26.2 million Manufacturing, Cairns: -$16.7 million Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: -$38.9 million Construction, Cairns: -$742.9 million Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -$9.0 million Retail Trade, Cairns: -$45.3 million Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +$17.5 million Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$75.1 million Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$25.0 million Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$42.8 million Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$317.5 million Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$95.2 million Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$14.4 million Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: -$18.6 million Education and Training, Cairns: +$16.2 million Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$123.0 million Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: -$16.4 million Other Services, Cairns: -$44.8 million
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the local sales by industry sectors in Cairns in 2016/17 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (1,828 people or 15.8%)
  • Construction (1,728 people or 14.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (849 people or 7.3%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $4,405 million in total or 38.0% of the total local sales by total industry in Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 14.7% in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; 19.1% in Construction; and 5.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between local sales by industries in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local sales by Public Administration and Safety (7.0% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local sales by Health Care and Social Assistance (7.3% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Construction (14.9% compared to 19.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Financial and Insurance Services (5.0% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The total local sales by industry in Cairns decreased by $231.4 million between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

The largest changes in the local sales by industries between 2011/12 and 2016/17 in Cairns were for:

  • Construction (-$743 million)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$317 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$123 million)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+$98 million)

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