Cook Shire

Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for Cook Shire in 2022/23 was 1.44, meaning that there were more jobs than resident workers. Mining had the highest ratio (20.09), 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 Shire2022/232017/18
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2332291.022532271.12
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services51550.9223250.94
Wholesale Trade14170.861491.50
Retail Trade1401381.021331321.01
Accommodation and Food Services2842651.072302241.02
Transport, Postal and Warehousing65411.5952411.26
Information Media and Telecommunications000000
Financial and Insurance Services881.03120.28
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services17180.9512111.00
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services67611.1048411.19
Administrative and Support Services69491.4258521.13
Public Administration and Safety2492680.932271831.24
Education and Training1671401.201861701.09
Health Care and Social Assistance2592461.052102081.01
Arts and Recreation Services83691.1977671.16
Other Services109911.1989811.10
Total industries2,7781,9341.442,8061,7411.61

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. Compiled and presented in 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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