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Location quotient by industry

In 2018/19, Manufacturing was a major specialisation in Gladstone Regional Council area in terms of Total Export.

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
Gladstone Regional Council area - Total Export2018/192013/14Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)%. Queensland%Location Quotient Queensland%. Queensland%Location Quotien Queensland2018/19 - 2013/14
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.95.40.1816.90.15+0.14
Mining39.027.11.44519.60.28+4.17
Manufacturing37.415.22.465522.22.49-0.01
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4.13.71.1163.51.77-0.37
Construction0.10.20.5910.33.80-0.84
Wholesale Trade0.93.80.2414.10.33-0.27
Retail Trade1.03.60.2713.70.40-0.34
Accommodation and Food Services1.03.30.3023.70.43-0.30
Transport, Postal and Warehousing10.49.91.062110.52.03-0.48
Information Media and Telecommunications0.10.80.0800.80.09-0.09
Financial and Insurance Services0.23.40.0502.80.08-0.42
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.30.70.3701.20.39-0.06
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.93.50.5313.80.36+0.49
Administrative and Support Services0.22.10.1201.00.29-0.59
Public Administration and Safety0.25.20.0305.70.05-0.39
Education and Training1.53.70.4013.60.36+0.12
Health Care and Social Assistance0.75.10.1303.10.12+0.16
Arts and Recreation Services0.01.30.0201.50.03-0.37
Other Services0.21.90.1012.00.42-0.76
Total Industries100100.01.00100100.0+1.000

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 total export in Gladstone Regional Council area in 2018/19 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to Queensland were:

  • Manufacturing (2.5 )
  • Mining (1.4 )
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (1.1 )

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

  • Financial and Insurance Services (0.0 )
  • Public Administration and Safety (0.0 )
  • Arts and Recreation Services (0.0 )

Emerging groups

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

The largest changes in the total export LQ between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Gladstone Regional Council area were for these industries:

  • Mining (+4.2)
  • Construction (-0.8)
  • Other Services (-0.8)
  • Administrative and Support Services (-0.6)

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