Douglas Shire Council

Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for Douglas Shire Council in 2022/23 was 1.00, meaning that there were more jobs than resident workers. Wholesale Trade had the highest ratio (1.27), while the lowest ratio was found in Mining (0.03).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether Douglas Shire Council could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment capacity by industry
Douglas Shire Council2022/232017/18
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2552251.132762571.07
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services34590.5749520.95
Wholesale Trade73581.2768651.04
Retail Trade6466261.036606231.06
Accommodation and Food Services1,5431,4861.041,6461,5761.04
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4913991.235184511.15
Information Media and Telecommunications23470.4928430.65
Financial and Insurance Services31350.8833550.60
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1361331.031531560.98
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2762780.991961980.99
Administrative and Support Services5716040.954614581.01
Public Administration and Safety3213360.953063021.01
Education and Training4614521.023943801.04
Health Care and Social Assistance6076470.945014861.03
Arts and Recreation Services1961681.172501931.29
Other Services2542620.972542451.04
Total industries6,7146,7041.006,4556,2491.03

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more.

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