Employment by industry (Census)
Mining is the largest employer in the Cook Shire, making up 31.7% of total employment.
Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Cook Shire 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 Cook Shire.
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).
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Cook Shire is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for the Cook Shire.
|Employment (Census) by industry sector|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Far North Queensland %|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||247||8.6||6.5||25000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||23||0.8||0.9||28000||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||216||7.5||9.9||32000||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||62||2.2||5.4||33000||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||9||0.3||0.7||34000||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||8||0.3||1.3||35000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||15||0.5||1.7||36000||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||45||1.6||3.9||37000||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||53||1.8||3.6||38000||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||243||8.4||8.5||39000||P|
|Education and Training||167||5.8||9.2||40000||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||202||7.0||13.8||41000||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||57||2.0||1.8||42000||P|
|Industry not classified||122||4.2||4.1||44000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Cook Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:
- Mining (912 local workers 31.7%)
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (247 local workers 8.6%)
- Public Administration and Safety (243 local workers 8.4%)
In combination these three industries employed 1,402 people in total or 48.7% of local workers.
In comparison, Far North Queensland employed 1.3% in Mining; 6.5% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 8.5% in Public Administration and Safety.
The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Cook Shire and Far North Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (31.7% compared to 1.3%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (7.0% compared to 13.8%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (4.0% compared to 10.4%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Education and Training (5.8% compared to 9.2%)