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Location quotient by industry

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In 2016/17, Mining was a major specialisation in Cradle Coast Region in terms of Employment (Total).

The location quotient is a simple way of seeing which are the main industries in an area, relative to the wider region. LQ shows the percentage of the local economy characteristic (eg. employment, value add) in a particular industry divided by the percentage of the wider area (region, state, nation) that this industry makes up.

  • Where LQ=1, that industry is exactly as prevalent as in the wider region.
  • A LQ greater than 1.2 indicates a significant specialisation of the industry in the local area – possibly a key economic strength. Higher numbers mean greater specialisations. Anything over 2 is a major specialisation.
  • A LQ between 0.8 and 1.2 means the industry is broadly similar in importance in the local area compared to the comparison region and could be seen as representative.
  • An LQ under 0.8 indicates an industry which is more important in the region than the local area, and may represent an economic weakness or opportunity for growth.

LQs should be analysed in combination with the proportional economic share that industry represents. For example, an industry with an LQ of 2 reveals a specialisation but if that industry only represents 3% of the local economy, it may not be significant. Compare with the figures on the Employment by industry (Total), Employment by industry (FTE), Value added pages for this context.

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Location quotient
Cradle Coast Region - Employment (Total)2016/172014/15Change
Industry
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%Tasmania %Location Quotient (Tasmania)%Tasmania %Location Quotient (Tasmania)2014/15 to 2016/17
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8.45.51.537.34.71.56-0.02
Mining3.91.23.203.71.52.41+0.33
Manufacturing11.17.71.4512.78.41.51-0.04
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1.21.80.691.31.90.71-0.03
Construction8.18.01.008.38.21.02-0.01
Wholesale Trade2.72.51.073.12.91.09-0.02
Retail Trade11.111.21.0011.111.11.01-0.01
Accommodation and Food Services7.17.70.936.97.50.930
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5.74.31.325.94.41.34-0.02
Information Media and Telecommunications1.01.60.610.91.70.55+0.10
Financial and Insurance Services1.22.10.571.32.20.580
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.21.30.881.21.30.86+0.03
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.14.80.643.04.80.62+0.02
Administrative and Support Services3.33.01.113.22.91.110
Public Administration and Safety4.87.80.625.08.10.62+0.01
Education and Training8.29.50.868.19.40.87-0.01
Health Care and Social Assistance12.714.10.9011.913.30.900
Arts and Recreation Services1.22.00.580.91.90.49+0.19
Other Services4.03.91.044.03.91.03+0.01

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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
Location quotient is the percentage of total in the area relative to the same percentage in the selected benchmark area.

Location quotient by industry sector 2016/17
Location quotient by industry sector 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 1.53 Mining for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 3.20 Manufacturing for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 1.45 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.69 Construction for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 1.00 Wholesale Trade for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 1.07 Retail Trade for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 1.00 Accommodation and Food Services for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.93 Transport, Postal and Warehousing for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 1.32 Information Media and Telecommunications for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.61 Financial and Insurance Services for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.57 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.88 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.64 Administrative and Support Services for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 1.11 Public Administration and Safety for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.62 Education and Training for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.86 Health Care and Social Assistance for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.90 Arts and Recreation Services for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 0.58 Other Services for Cradle Coast Region relative to Tasmania location quotient: 1.04
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2014/15 to 2016/17
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2014/15 to 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Change: -0.02 Mining, Change: 0.33 Manufacturing, Change: -0.04 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Change: -0.03 Construction, Change: -0.01 Wholesale Trade, Change: -0.02 Retail Trade, Change: -0.01 Accommodation and Food Services, Change: 0 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Change: -0.02 Information Media and Telecommunications, Change: 0.10 Financial and Insurance Services, Change: 0 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Change: 0.03 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Change: 0.02 Administrative and Support Services, Change: 0 Public Administration and Safety, Change: 0.01 Education and Training, Change: -0.01 Health Care and Social Assistance, Change: 0 Arts and Recreation Services, Change: 0.19 Other Services, Change: 0.01
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

A location quotient of greater than 1.2 is generally considered a level of industry specialisation, while a LQ of 0.8 or less indicates an industry which doesn’t have a major presence in the area.

An analysis of employment (Total) in Cradle Coast Region in 2016/17 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to Tasmania were:

  • Mining (3.2)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.5)
  • Manufacturing (1.4)

The three industries with the lowest location quotient relative to Tasmania were:

  • Financial and Insurance Services (0.6)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (0.6)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (0.6)

Emerging groups

Changes in location quotients over time reveal emerging or declining industry specialisations.

The largest changes in the employment (Total) LQ between 2014/15 and 2016/17 in Cradle Coast Region were for these industries:

  • Mining (+0.3)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+0.2)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+0.1)

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