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Employment by industry (Total)

In the Cook Shire, Mining is the largest employer, generating 981 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Cook Shire. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Cook Shire regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the Cook Shire's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Cook Shire2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2627.82.72698.92.7-7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services300.91.2311.01.3-2
Wholesale Trade331.02.9291.03.2+3
Retail Trade1344.010.51755.810.3-41
Accommodation and Food Services3249.77.62759.17.2+48
Transport, Postal and Warehousing702.15.3792.65.3-9
Information Media and Telecommunications341.01.3140.51.4+20
Financial and Insurance Services290.92.6130.42.7+16
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services381.11.7591.92.0-20
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1344.06.41394.66.7-5
Administrative and Support Services551.73.3822.73.4-26
Public Administration and Safety2828.47.02698.96.5+13
Education and Training2116.39.21555.18.7+57
Health Care and Social Assistance2407.213.52347.712.5+6
Arts and Recreation Services551.61.6752.51.6-20
Other Services752.24.0662.24.3+8
Total industries3,351100.0100.03,023100.0100.0+328

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Cook Shire in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining (981 people or 29.3%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (324 people or 9.7%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (282 people or 8.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,587 people in total or 47.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.4% in Mining; 7.6% in Accommodation and Food Services and 7.0% 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 the field of Mining (29.3% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (4.0% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (7.2% compared to 13.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (7.8% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Cook Shire increased by increased by 328 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Mining (+243 local workers)
  • Construction (+86 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+57 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+48 local workers)

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