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Gladstone Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Manufacturing is the largest employer in Gladstone Regional Council area, making up 14.0% of total employment.

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

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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Gladstone Regional Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Gladstone Regional Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4751.82.84231.52.7+52
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7682.91.17412.71.2+27
Wholesale Trade5432.02.66872.53.6-144
Retail Trade2,5899.79.92,6669.510.7-77
Accommodation and Food Services1,8797.17.41,7026.17.0+177
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,2378.45.12,1957.95.2+42
Information Media and Telecommunications1010.41.21080.41.2-7
Financial and Insurance Services2571.02.52961.12.7-39
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4531.72.05171.91.8-64
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,7086.46.22,0737.46.5-365
Administrative and Support Services7142.73.56592.43.2+55
Public Administration and Safety1,1854.56.51,0943.96.7+91
Education and Training2,1648.19.01,7806.47.9+384
Health Care and Social Assistance2,0447.713.01,7556.311.9+289
Arts and Recreation Services1630.61.61360.51.4+27
Other Services9373.53.99263.33.9+11
Industry not classified1,1304.24.37522.72.4+378
Total persons26,598100.0100.027,936100.0100.0-1,338

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Gladstone Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Manufacturing (3,725 people or 14.0%)
  • Construction (2,667 people or 10.0%)
  • Retail Trade (2,589 people or 9.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 8,981 people in total or 33.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 6.0% in Manufacturing; 8.9% in Construction and 9.9% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Gladstone Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (14.0% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (7.7% compared to 13.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (8.4% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (4.5% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Gladstone Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-1,225 local workers)
  • Construction (-1,059 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+384 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+378 local workers)

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