Cassowary Coast

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Cassowary Coast, making up 21.0% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Cassowary Coast regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the Cassowary Coast.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Cassowary Coast20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,41821.02.62,51421.92.8-96
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1361.21.21221.11.1+14
Wholesale Trade2151.92.32001.72.6+15
Retail Trade1,0599.29.31,0729.39.9-13
Accommodation and Food Services7716.77.27816.87.4-10
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5154.54.75314.65.1-16
Information Media and Telecommunications420.40.9510.41.2-9
Financial and Insurance Services1020.92.51291.12.5-27
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1010.91.81171.02.0-16
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2742.46.73072.76.2-33
Administrative and Support Services3022.63.42942.63.5+8
Public Administration and Safety5885.16.16225.46.5-34
Education and Training9548.38.99388.29.0+16
Health Care and Social Assistance1,36711.915.41,15310.013.0+214
Arts and Recreation Services840.71.51271.11.6-43
Other Services4033.53.94243.73.9-21
Industry not classified6155.34.55664.94.3+49
Total persons11,516100.0100.011,495100.0100.0+21

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Cassowary Coast in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,418 people or 21.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,367 people or 11.9%)
  • Retail Trade (1,059 people or 9.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,844 people in total or 42.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 15.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.3% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Cassowary Coast and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (21.0% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.4% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.1% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.9% compared to 15.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in the Cassowary Coast were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+214 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-96 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+49 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (-43 local workers)

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

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