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Location quotient by industry

In 2017/18, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services was a major specialisation in Flinders 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.

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Location quotient
Flinders Council - Employment (Total)2017/182012/13Change
Industry
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%Regional TAS %Location Quotient (Regional TAS)%Regional TAS %Location Quotient (Regional TAS)2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing20.88.82.3721.08.02.64-0.10
Mining0.02.20.020.02.90.01+0.28
Manufacturing5.28.80.594.110.80.38+0.54
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4.11.33.183.51.52.38+0.34
Construction4.59.10.493.28.20.39+0.26
Wholesale Trade3.12.71.173.53.60.97+0.20
Retail Trade7.411.10.667.110.80.66+0.01
Accommodation and Food Services5.57.40.746.57.30.89-0.18
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.94.71.056.45.21.25-0.16
Information Media and Telecommunications2.11.11.900.31.20.27+5.94
Financial and Insurance Services0.91.60.541.02.00.50+0.09
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.81.21.472.71.32.13-0.31
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.73.50.492.43.40.70-0.31
Administrative and Support Services3.42.91.192.82.81.01+0.18
Public Administration and Safety8.94.71.8811.05.51.99-0.06
Education and Training6.68.90.746.68.60.77-0.04
Health Care and Social Assistance11.614.10.829.311.90.78+0.06
Arts and Recreation Services3.02.01.552.71.61.75-0.11
Other Services4.43.91.145.83.71.57-0.27

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

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Location quotient is the percentage of total in the area relative to the same percentage in the selected benchmark area.

Location quotient by industry sector 2017/18
Location quotient by industry sector 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 2.37 Mining for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.02 Manufacturing for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.59 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 3.18 Construction for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.49 Wholesale Trade for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 1.17 Retail Trade for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.66 Accommodation and Food Services for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.74 Transport, Postal and Warehousing for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 1.05 Information Media and Telecommunications for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 1.90 Financial and Insurance Services for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.54 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 1.47 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.49 Administrative and Support Services for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 1.19 Public Administration and Safety for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 1.88 Education and Training for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.74 Health Care and Social Assistance for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 0.82 Arts and Recreation Services for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 1.55 Other Services for Flinders Council relative to Regional TAS location quotient: 1.14
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Change: -0.10 Mining, Change: 0.28 Manufacturing, Change: 0.54 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Change: 0.34 Construction, Change: 0.26 Wholesale Trade, Change: 0.20 Retail Trade, Change: 0.01 Accommodation and Food Services, Change: -0.18 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Change: -0.16 Information Media and Telecommunications, Change: 5.94 Financial and Insurance Services, Change: 0.09 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Change: -0.31 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Change: -0.31 Administrative and Support Services, Change: 0.18 Public Administration and Safety, Change: -0.06 Education and Training, Change: -0.04 Health Care and Social Assistance, Change: 0.06 Arts and Recreation Services, Change: -0.11 Other Services, Change: -0.27
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

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 Flinders Council in 2017/18 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to Regional TAS were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (3.2)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2.4)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (1.9)

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

  • Mining (0.0)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (0.5)
  • Construction (0.5)

Emerging groups

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

The largest changes in the employment (Total) LQ between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Flinders Council were for these industries:

  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+5.9)
  • Manufacturing (+0.5)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+0.3)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (-0.3)

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