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Location quotient by industry

In 2017/18, Administrative and Support Services was a major specialisation in Cairns in terms of International Import.

The location quotient is a simple way of seeing which are the main industries in an area, relative to the wider region. LQ shows the percentage of the local economy characteristic (eg. employment, value add) in a particular industry divided by the percentage of the wider area (region, state, nation) that this industry makes up.

  • Where LQ=1, that industry is exactly as prevalent as in the wider region.
  • A LQ greater than 1.2 indicates a significant specialisation of the industry in the local area – possibly a key economic strength. Higher numbers mean greater specialisations. Anything over 2 is a major specialisation.
  • A LQ between 0.8 and 1.2 means the industry is broadly similar in importance in the local area compared to the comparison region and could be seen as representative.
  • An LQ under 0.8 indicates an industry which is more important in the region than the local area, and may represent an economic weakness or opportunity for growth.

LQs should be analysed in combination with the proportional economic share that industry represents. For example, an industry with an LQ of 2 reveals a specialisation but if that industry only represents 3% of the local economy, it may not be significant. Compare with the figures on the Employment by industry (Total), Employment by industry (FTE), Value added pages for this context.

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Location quotient
Cairns - International Import2017/182012/13Change
Industry
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%Queensland %Location Quotient (Queensland)%Queensland %Location Quotient (Queensland)2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.50.60.910.60.60.94-0.03
Mining2.32.80.831.84.60.39+1.11
Manufacturing82.981.01.0279.876.71.04-0.02
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services0.20.20.940.40.41.04-0.10
Construction0.00.0--0.00.0----
Wholesale Trade0.50.60.910.80.81.00-0.09
Retail Trade0.10.10.920.20.21.05-0.12
Accommodation and Food Services2.13.00.702.33.40.69+0.02
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.03.10.973.93.71.05-0.07
Information Media and Telecommunications1.92.10.953.33.01.11-0.15
Financial and Insurance Services0.70.71.000.90.91.05-0.05
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.80.81.000.70.70.97+0.04
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.03.30.913.03.20.94-0.04
Administrative and Support Services0.70.61.220.60.51.23-0.01
Public Administration and Safety0.00.10.920.10.11.05-0.12
Education and Training0.20.20.850.20.30.93-0.09
Health Care and Social Assistance0.30.31.040.50.31.35-0.23
Arts and Recreation Services0.50.51.070.70.51.43-0.25
Other Services0.10.10.780.20.20.94-0.17

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

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Location quotient by industry sector 2017/18
Location quotient by industry sector 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.91 Mining for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.83 Manufacturing for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 1.02 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.94 Wholesale Trade for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.91 Retail Trade for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.92 Accommodation and Food Services for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.70 Transport, Postal and Warehousing for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.97 Information Media and Telecommunications for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.95 Financial and Insurance Services for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 1.00 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 1.00 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.91 Administrative and Support Services for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 1.22 Public Administration and Safety for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.92 Education and Training for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.85 Health Care and Social Assistance for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 1.04 Arts and Recreation Services for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 1.07 Other Services for Cairns relative to Queensland location quotient: 0.78
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Change: -0.03 Mining, Change: 1.11 Manufacturing, Change: -0.02 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Change: -0.10 Wholesale Trade, Change: -0.09 Retail Trade, Change: -0.12 Accommodation and Food Services, Change: 0.02 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Change: -0.07 Information Media and Telecommunications, Change: -0.15 Financial and Insurance Services, Change: -0.05 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Change: 0.04 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Change: -0.04 Administrative and Support Services, Change: -0.01 Public Administration and Safety, Change: -0.12 Education and Training, Change: -0.09 Health Care and Social Assistance, Change: -0.23 Arts and Recreation Services, Change: -0.25 Other Services, Change: -0.17
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

A location quotient of greater than 1.2 is generally considered a level of industry specialisation, while a LQ of 0.8 or less indicates an industry which doesn’t have a major presence in the area.

An analysis of international import in Cairns in 2017/18 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to Queensland were:

  • Administrative and Support Services (1.2)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (1.1)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1.0)

The three industries with the lowest location quotient relative to Queensland were:

  • Construction ()
  • Accommodation and Food Services (0.7)
  • Other Services (0.8)

Emerging groups

Changes in location quotients over time reveal emerging or declining industry specialisations.

The largest changes in the international import LQ between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for these industries:

  • Mining (+1.1)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (-0.3)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (-0.2)
  • Other Services (-0.2)

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