Cook Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Mining is the largest employer in Cook Shire, making up 19.6% 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 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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Cook Shire20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing26611.02.62478.62.8+19
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services231.01.2230.81.1--
Wholesale Trade160.72.3140.52.6+2
Retail Trade1345.59.31154.09.9+19
Accommodation and Food Services27811.57.22167.57.4+62
Transport, Postal and Warehousing512.14.7622.25.1-11
Information Media and Telecommunications000.990.31.2-9
Financial and Insurance Services70.32.580.32.5-1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services210.91.8150.52.0+6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services361.56.7451.66.2-9
Administrative and Support Services743.13.4531.83.5+21
Public Administration and Safety1978.16.12438.46.5-46
Education and Training1606.68.91675.89.0-7
Health Care and Social Assistance25710.615.42027.013.0+55
Arts and Recreation Services592.41.5572.01.6+2
Other Services532.23.9732.53.9-20
Industry not classified1024.24.51224.24.3-20
Total persons2,420100.0100.02,876100.0100.0-456

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Cook Shire in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (475 people or 19.6%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (278 people or 11.5%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (266 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,019 people in total or 42.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.2% in Mining; 7.2% in Accommodation and Food Services and 2.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (19.6% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (11.0% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.5% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (0.8% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Cook Shire were for those employed in:

  • Mining (-437 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+62 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+55 local workers)
  • Construction (-55 local workers)

Cook Shire Council

economic profile