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Location quotient by industry

In 2018/19, Information Media and Telecommunications was a major specialisation in the Fraser Coast Regional 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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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Fraser Coast Regional Council2018/192013/14Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)%. Queensland%Location Quotien Queensland%. Queensland%Location Quotien Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2.32.70.8622.70.84+0.03
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1.61.21.3221.31.39-0.05
Wholesale Trade2.02.90.6633.20.80-0.18
Retail Trade11.910.51.141210.31.15-0.01
Accommodation and Food Services8.17.61.0687.21.12-0.05
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5.05.30.9455.30.99-0.05
Information Media and Telecommunications2.01.31.4921.41.48+0.01
Financial and Insurance Services1.92.60.7622.70.73+0.03
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2.11.71.2122.00.88+0.38
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.56.40.7146.70.65+0.11
Administrative and Support Services3.03.30.9033.40.91-0.01
Public Administration and Safety6.07.00.8566.50.87-0.02
Education and Training9.89.21.06108.71.13-0.06
Health Care and Social Assistance18.213.51.341612.51.31+0.03
Arts and Recreation Services1.21.60.7511.60.84-0.11
Other Services3.94.00.9754.31.09-0.11
Total Industries100.0100.01.00100100.01.00--

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in 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

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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 the Fraser Coast Regional Council in 2018/19 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to Queensland were:

  • Information Media and Telecommunications (1.5 )
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1.3 )
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (1.3 )

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

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (0.7 )
  • Wholesale Trade (0.7 )
  • Mining (0.2 )

Emerging groups

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

The largest changes in the employment (total) LQ between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the Fraser Coast Regional Council were for these industries:

  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+0.4)
  • Wholesale Trade (-0.2)
  • Other Services (-0.1)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (-0.1)

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