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Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for Cook Shire in 2019/20 was 1.84, meaning that there were more jobs than resident workers. Mining had the highest ratio (50.30), while the lowest ratio was found in Information Media and Telecommunications (0).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether Cook Shire could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment capacity by industry
Cook Shire2019/202014/15
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7877731.022702491.09
Mining1,2372550.307952828.17
Manufacturing81233.5599273.60
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1462.2140301.31
Construction2201221.812001331.50
Wholesale Trade66115.9016121.31
Retail Trade1491530.971791820.98
Accommodation and Food Services2541301.952972921.02
Transport, Postal and Warehousing95631.5164481.32
Information Media and Telecommunications000220.99
Financial and Insurance Services000120.33
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services230.9442450.95
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services51192.66127931.37
Administrative and Support Services46441.0672631.15
Public Administration and Safety3382811.202822021.40
Education and Training3392161.571962050.96
Health Care and Social Assistance2372380.992442351.04
Arts and Recreation Services1091071.0285801.07
Other Services94224.2873691.06
Total industries4,1202,2361.843,0831,9961.54

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id informed decisions. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more.

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