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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 Council 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.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Cook Shire 2016
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Number%Queensland %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2478.62.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services230.81.1
Wholesale Trade140.52.6
Retail Trade1154.09.9
Accommodation and Food Services2167.57.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing622.25.1
Information Media and Telecommunications90.31.2
Financial and Insurance Services80.32.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services150.52.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services451.66.2
Administrative and Support Services531.83.5
Public Administration and Safety2438.46.5
Education and Training1675.89.0
Health Care and Social Assistance2027.013.0
Arts and Recreation Services572.01.6
Other Services732.53.9
Industry not classified1224.24.3

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.8% Mining, Queensland: 2.3% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.1% Construction, Queensland: 8.9% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.6% Retail Trade, Queensland: 9.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.2% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.5% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.6% Other Services, Queensland: 3.9% Industry not classified, Queensland: 4.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cook Shire: 8.6% Mining, Cook Shire: 31.7% Manufacturing, Cook Shire: 2.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cook Shire: 0.8% Construction, Cook Shire: 7.9% Wholesale Trade, Cook Shire: 0.5% Retail Trade, Cook Shire: 4.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Cook Shire: 7.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cook Shire: 2.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cook Shire: 0.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Cook Shire: 0.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cook Shire: 0.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cook Shire: 1.6% Administrative and Support Services, Cook Shire: 1.8% Public Administration and Safety, Cook Shire: 8.4% Education and Training, Cook Shire: 5.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cook Shire: 7.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Cook Shire: 2.0% Other Services, Cook Shire: 2.5% Industry not classified, Cook Shire: 4.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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, Queensland employed 2.3% in Mining; 2.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 6.5% in Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Cook Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (31.7% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.6% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (7.0% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (4.0% compared to 9.9%)