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In Cairns, Construction had the largest output by industry, generating $2,496 million in 2018/19.

Output by industry is a gross measure of the total sales of each industry sector in Cairns. It does not measure how productive each industry sector is at producing this output - which is measured by value added.

By comparing the output of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Cairns’s economy. This can be done by directly comparing the percentage contribution of each industry to the total output, relative to the benchmark, or by using a location quotient, where a number greater than one indicates a high concentration of that industry and less than one indicates a lower concentration.

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

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

The gross measure of output includes the value of all the inputs to each industry.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Output by industry sector
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing360.82.03.3390.42.43.5-29.6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services918.05.04.1637.64.03.6+280.4
Wholesale Trade532.12.93.5556.73.53.6-24.6
Retail Trade801.24.43.8858.95.43.7-57.7
Accommodation and Food Services882.84.83.0904.25.62.8-21.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,699.99.36.62,001.412.56.6-301.5
Information Media and Telecommunications242.31.31.8174.01.11.5+68.3
Financial and Insurance Services757.74.25.3524.93.34.5+232.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,212.712.19.41,519.09.58.3+693.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services842.84.65.8725.44.55.2+117.4
Administrative and Support Services661.23.63.1597.73.72.6+63.5
Public Administration and Safety1,,
Education and Training676.43.73.8652.24.13.3+24.2
Health Care and Social Assistance1,468.48.16.1966.36.03.9+502.1
Arts and Recreation Services284.01.61.0266.11.71.0+17.9
Other Services492.52.72.1391.32.41.9+101.2
Total industries18,214.0100.0100.016,043.7100.0100.0+2,170.3

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the output by industry sectors in Cairns in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction ($2,496 million or 13.7%)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($2,213 million or 12.1%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($1,700 million or 9.3%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $6,409 million in total or 35.2% of the total output by total industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 13.4% in Construction; 9.4% in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services and 6.6% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

The major differences between output by industries of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of output by Mining (1.8% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (9.3% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (12.1% compared to 9.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Manufacturing (7.9% compared to 9.9%)

Emerging groups

The total industry output in Cairns increased by $2,170 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the output by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for:

  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$694 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$502 million)
  • Manufacturing (+$374 million)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$280 million)

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