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Local workers - Key statistics - All industries

In Cairns 48.1% of the local workers (All industries) are males and 51.9% are female.

The local workers is made up of all the people who are employed in the local area, regardless of where they live. Local workers statistics reveal how the characteristics of the local workers in Cairns vary between each industry sector and indicates specific industry sector local workers requirements and employment opportunities.

Access the detailed tables for further exploration of each characteristic.

NOTE: All tables in the workers section are based on Census employment data which differ from the NIEIR employment estimates. See data notes for more details.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers key statistics - All industries
Namenumber%. Queenslandnumber%. Queensland2011 to 2016
Local workers
Total local workers (Census)67,460100.0100.0--0100.0--
Age structure
15 - 24 years9,54914.215.6--016.5--
25 - 54 years44,45365.965.6--066.4--
55 - 64 years10,55915.714.8--014.0--
65 years and over2,8944.34.0--03.1--
Top three industries
Health care and social assistance10,31115.313.0--011.9--
Retail trade7,62111.39.9--010.7--
Accommodation and food services7,13010.67.4--07.0--
Top three occupations
Clerical and administrative workers9,42314.013.7--014.7--
Community and personal service workers9,41714.011.4--010.0--
Hours worked
Full time41,91362.162.3--063.0--
Part time24,32736.135.9--033.3--
Bachelor or higher degree15,71823.325.1--021.5--
Advanced diploma or diploma8,13512.110.9--09.3--
Certificate level18,56027.526.3--024.7--
No qualifications22,89933.935.0--040.6--
Individual Income
Less than $50011,24016.717.7--00--
$500 -$1,74946,26468.664.0--00--
$1,750 or more8,85513.116.7--00--
Method of Travel to Work
Public Transport1,2101.86.9--07.5--
Walked only2,2763.43.3--03.7--
Other Characteristics
Born overseas18,15926.925.7--023.7--
Speaks a language other than English at home9,19513.612.3--09.6--
Arrived between 2011 and 9th August 20163,0164.54.7--00--

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