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Employment by industry (Total)

In the FNQROC, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 22,013 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the FNQROC. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the FNQROC regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the FNQROC's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8,7996.62.58,8347.12.7-36
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,5661.21.31,3801.11.2+186
Wholesale Trade2,7232.02.62,4472.02.7+276
Retail Trade13,39310.19.312,38010.09.9+1,013
Accommodation and Food Services12,2289.26.911,3999.27.1+829
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7,1345.45.36,9815.65.4+154
Information Media and Telecommunications1,0270.81.11,3181.11.5-291
Financial and Insurance Services1,5791.22.71,9321.62.6-353
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,0251.51.92,0041.62.0+21
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,7545.17.45,1844.26.7+1,570
Administrative and Support Services4,4693.43.34,9944.03.5-526
Public Administration and Safety10,3577.86.69,7457.96.7+611
Education and Training12,5689.49.212,1649.89.3+404
Health Care and Social Assistance22,01316.515.616,88913.713.6+5,125
Arts and Recreation Services2,0511.51.52,7132.21.8-662
Other Services5,6434.24.25,0644.14.1+580
Total industries133,118100.0100.0123,643100.0100.0+9,476

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©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

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the FNQROC in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (22,013 people or 16.5%)
  • Retail Trade (13,393 people or 10.1%)
  • Education and Training (12,568 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 47,974 people in total or 36.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 15.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.3% in Retail Trade and 9.2% in Education and Training.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (6.6% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.1% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (9.2% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (4.7% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the FNQROC increased by 9,476 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+5,125 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,570 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,499 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+1,013 local workers)

Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils

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