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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 the 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).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 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. To provide this detail, the Cook Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Cook Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2478.62.81526.22.7+95
Mining91231.72.346919.12.6+443
Manufacturing652.36.0883.68.4-23
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services230.81.1130.51.2+10
Construction2287.98.91576.49.0+71
Wholesale Trade140.52.680.33.6+6
Retail Trade1154.09.91074.410.7+8
Accommodation and Food Services2167.57.41737.07.0+43
Transport, Postal and Warehousing622.25.1562.35.2+6
Information Media and Telecommunications90.31.250.21.2+4
Financial and Insurance Services80.32.560.22.7+2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services150.52.0150.61.8--
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services451.66.2461.96.5-1
Administrative and Support Services531.83.5783.23.2-25
Public Administration and Safety2438.46.547219.26.7-229
Education and Training1675.89.01526.27.9+15
Health Care and Social Assistance2027.013.02299.311.9-27
Arts and Recreation Services572.01.6502.01.4+7
Other Services732.53.9833.43.9-10
Industry not classified1224.24.3803.32.4+42
Total persons2,876100.0100.02,459100.0100.0+417

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Cook Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (912 people or 31.7%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (247 people or 8.6%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (243 people or 8.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,402 people in total or 48.7% of the 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 the field of Mining (31.7% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (7.0% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (4.0% compared to 9.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.6% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Cook Shire were for those employed in:

  • Mining (+443 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (-229 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+95 local workers)
  • Construction (+71 local workers)

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