Douglas Shire Council

Location quotient by industry

In 2022/23, Accommodation and Food Services was a major specialisation in Douglas Shire Council 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. National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Location quotient
Douglas Shire Council - Employment (Total)2022/232016/17Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)%. Queensland%Location Quotient Queensland%. Queensland%Location Quotien Queensland2022/23 - 2016/17
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3.82.41.604.32.71.60+0.00
Mining0.12.50.020.12.50.04-0.48
Manufacturing4.06.40.634.16.80.60+0.05
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services0.51.30.390.71.20.58-0.33
Construction7.89.70.806.79.60.70+0.15
Wholesale Trade1.12.50.441.12.70.40+0.09
Retail Trade9.69.11.069.610.00.96+0.10
Accommodation and Food Services23.06.93.3124.87.23.46-0.04
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7.35.41.368.55.41.56-0.13
Information Media and Telecommunications0.31.00.330.51.50.36-0.07
Financial and Insurance Services0.52.70.170.62.60.23-0.28
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2.01.71.212.32.01.14+0.06
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.17.40.553.16.70.47+0.18
Administrative and Support Services8.53.32.577.53.52.15+0.19
Public Administration and Safety4.86.60.734.66.70.68+0.07
Education and Training6.99.20.746.19.30.66+0.13
Health Care and Social Assistance9.016.20.567.613.70.55+0.01
Arts and Recreation Services2.91.71.764.21.82.37-0.26
Other Services3.84.10.933.74.20.90+0.03
Total Industries1001001.00100100+1.000

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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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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 Douglas Shire Council in 2022/23 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to Queensland were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (3.3 )
  • Administrative and Support Services (2.6 )
  • Arts and Recreation Services (1.8 )

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

  • Information Media and Telecommunications (0.3 )
  • Financial and Insurance Services (0.2 )
  • Mining (0.0 )

Emerging groups

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

The largest changes in the employment (total) LQ between 2016/17 and 2022/23 in Douglas Shire Council were for these industries:

  • Mining (-0.5)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (-0.3)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (-0.3)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (-0.3)

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