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Location quotient by industry

In 2016/17, Information Media and Telecommunications was a major specialisation in NSROC Region 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
NSROC Region - Employment (Total)2016/172011/12Change
Industry
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%New South Wales %Location Quotient (New South Wales)%New South Wales %Location Quotient (New South Wales)2011/12 to 2016/17
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.42.30.190.32.40.14+0.34
Mining0.31.10.250.31.10.23+0.05
Manufacturing5.37.00.765.98.60.68+0.11
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services0.61.10.550.61.30.49+0.13
Construction7.08.00.877.57.80.97-0.10
Wholesale Trade6.33.51.776.84.41.53+0.16
Retail Trade8.29.90.838.310.10.82+0.01
Accommodation and Food Services5.77.20.794.96.90.72+0.10
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.25.20.422.35.40.43-0.03
Information Media and Telecommunications6.82.52.706.92.72.60+0.04
Financial and Insurance Services4.35.10.854.65.10.91-0.07
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2.01.91.102.11.81.16-0.06
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services15.78.71.8216.68.12.05-0.11
Administrative and Support Services3.53.60.963.83.41.11-0.14
Public Administration and Safety3.45.90.583.46.00.57+0.03
Education and Training9.58.61.108.37.91.05+0.04
Health Care and Social Assistance13.712.71.0712.111.21.08-0.01
Arts and Recreation Services1.51.80.851.51.70.89-0.05
Other Services3.53.80.923.64.00.89+0.03

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. 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 2016/17
Location quotient by industry sector 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.19 Mining for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.25 Manufacturing for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.76 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.55 Construction for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.87 Wholesale Trade for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 1.77 Retail Trade for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.83 Accommodation and Food Services for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.79 Transport, Postal and Warehousing for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.42 Information Media and Telecommunications for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 2.70 Financial and Insurance Services for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.85 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 1.10 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 1.82 Administrative and Support Services for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.96 Public Administration and Safety for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.58 Education and Training for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 1.10 Health Care and Social Assistance for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 1.07 Arts and Recreation Services for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.85 Other Services for NSROC Region relative to New South Wales location quotient: 0.92
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2011/12 to 2016/17
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2011/12 to 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Change: 0.34 Mining, Change: 0.05 Manufacturing, Change: 0.11 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Change: 0.13 Construction, Change: -0.10 Wholesale Trade, Change: 0.16 Retail Trade, Change: 0.01 Accommodation and Food Services, Change: 0.10 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Change: -0.03 Information Media and Telecommunications, Change: 0.04 Financial and Insurance Services, Change: -0.07 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Change: -0.06 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Change: -0.11 Administrative and Support Services, Change: -0.14 Public Administration and Safety, Change: 0.03 Education and Training, Change: 0.04 Health Care and Social Assistance, Change: -0.01 Arts and Recreation Services, Change: -0.05 Other Services, Change: 0.03
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
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 NSROC Region in 2016/17 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to New South Wales were:

  • Information Media and Telecommunications (2.7)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.8)
  • Wholesale Trade (1.8)

The three industries with the lowest location quotient relative to New South Wales were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.2)
  • Mining (0.2)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (0.4)

Emerging groups

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

The largest changes in the employment (Total) LQ between 2011/12 and 2016/17 in NSROC Region were for these industries:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+0.3)
  • Wholesale Trade (+0.2)
  • Administrative and Support Services (-0.1)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+0.1)

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