Douglas Shire Council

Employment by industry (Census)

Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer in Douglas Shire Council, making up 25.7% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Douglas Shire Council 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 Douglas Shire Council.

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
Douglas Shire Council20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2053.52.61893.42.8+16
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services340.61.2350.61.1-1
Wholesale Trade530.92.3601.12.6-7
Retail Trade60210.29.35449.79.9+58
Accommodation and Food Services1,51925.77.21,49226.77.4+27
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3886.64.74417.95.1-53
Information Media and Telecommunications210.40.9250.41.2-4
Financial and Insurance Services340.62.5380.72.5-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1141.91.81202.12.0-6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1993.46.71522.76.2+47
Administrative and Support Services3355.73.43696.63.5-34
Public Administration and Safety2784.76.12284.16.5+50
Education and Training3686.28.93315.99.0+37
Health Care and Social Assistance5038.515.44067.313.0+97
Arts and Recreation Services1502.51.51562.81.6-6
Other Services2063.53.91943.53.9+12
Industry not classified2854.84.52564.64.3+29
Total persons5,914100.0100.05,588100.0100.0+326

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 Douglas Shire Council in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (1,519 people or 25.7%)
  • Retail Trade (602 people or 10.2%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (503 people or 8.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,624 people in total or 44.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 7.2% in Accommodation and Food Services; 9.3% in Retail Trade and 15.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (25.7% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (8.5% compared to 15.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.4% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (6.2% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+97 local workers)
  • Construction (+90 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+58 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-53 local workers)

Douglas Shire Council

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