Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area

Location quotient by industry

In 2020/21, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services was a major specialisation in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area 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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Location quotient
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area - Employment (Total)2020/212015/16Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)%. New South Wales%Location Quotient New South Wales%. New South Wales%Location Quotien New South Wales2020/21 - 2015/16
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2.
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4.11.03.943.11.12.87+0.37
Wholesale Trade1.63.40.472.33.50.67-0.30
Retail Trade10.19.51.0612.29.91.23-0.13
Accommodation and Food Services8.
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.85.00.753.95.00.77-0.03
Information Media and Telecommunications0.
Financial and Insurance Services1.75.10.331.85.10.36-0.09
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.51.70.901.91.81.03-0.12
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.010.10.404.28.70.48-0.18
Administrative and Support Services4.
Public Administration and Safety4.46.10.724.75.90.80-0.10
Education and Training10.58.71.2010.28.71.17+0.03
Health Care and Social Assistance19.913.21.5018.512.91.43+0.05
Arts and Recreation Services0.91.70.551.21.70.70-0.22
Other Services5.73.71.544.43.81.14+0.35
Total Industries1001001.00100100+1.000

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). 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 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area in 2020/21 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to New South Wales were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (3.9 )
  • Other Services (1.5 )
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1.5 )

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

  • Financial and Insurance Services (0.3 )
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (0.3 )
  • Mining (0.1 )

Emerging groups

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

The largest changes in the employment (total) LQ between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area were for these industries:

  • Mining (-0.5)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+0.4)
  • Other Services (+0.4)
  • Wholesale Trade (-0.3)

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

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