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Location quotient by industry

In 2017/18, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing was a major specialisation in RDA BGLAP 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
RDA BGLAP Region - Employment (Total)2017/182012/13Change
Industry
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%South Australia %Location Quotient (South Australia)%South Australia %Location Quotient (South Australia)2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing10.24.22.4210.24.02.56-0.06
Mining0.71.30.520.61.60.37+0.40
Manufacturing17.28.42.0517.89.91.79+0.14
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services0.71.20.530.51.50.35+0.52
Construction6.68.00.837.28.30.87-0.05
Wholesale Trade1.72.70.632.63.50.75-0.16
Retail Trade11.710.81.0811.210.81.04+0.03
Accommodation and Food Services7.26.71.087.86.41.22-0.12
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.54.40.793.94.40.88-0.10
Information Media and Telecommunications1.21.40.820.91.70.54+0.51
Financial and Insurance Services1.12.70.411.33.00.44-0.06
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.91.40.661.01.40.71-0.07
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.25.60.573.25.60.570
Administrative and Support Services5.13.71.384.33.51.22+0.13
Public Administration and Safety2.87.00.392.77.00.39+0.01
Education and Training9.69.11.068.88.21.060
Health Care and Social Assistance11.315.70.7210.713.60.79-0.09
Arts and Recreation Services1.51.60.941.51.50.98-0.04
Other Services3.94.00.973.74.00.93+0.04

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 RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 2.42 Mining for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.52 Manufacturing for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 2.05 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.53 Construction for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.83 Wholesale Trade for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.63 Retail Trade for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 1.08 Accommodation and Food Services for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 1.08 Transport, Postal and Warehousing for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.79 Information Media and Telecommunications for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.82 Financial and Insurance Services for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.41 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.66 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.57 Administrative and Support Services for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 1.38 Public Administration and Safety for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.39 Education and Training for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 1.06 Health Care and Social Assistance for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.72 Arts and Recreation Services for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.94 Other Services for RDA BGLAP Region relative to South Australia location quotient: 0.97
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: -0.06 Mining, Change: 0.40 Manufacturing, Change: 0.14 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Change: 0.52 Construction, Change: -0.05 Wholesale Trade, Change: -0.16 Retail Trade, Change: 0.03 Accommodation and Food Services, Change: -0.12 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Change: -0.10 Information Media and Telecommunications, Change: 0.51 Financial and Insurance Services, Change: -0.06 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Change: -0.07 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Change: 0 Administrative and Support Services, Change: 0.13 Public Administration and Safety, Change: 0.01 Education and Training, Change: 0 Health Care and Social Assistance, Change: -0.09 Arts and Recreation Services, Change: -0.04 Other Services, Change: 0.04
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 RDA BGLAP Region in 2017/18 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to South Australia were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2.4)
  • Manufacturing (2.0)
  • Administrative and Support Services (1.4)

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

  • Public Administration and Safety (0.4)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (0.4)
  • Mining (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 RDA BGLAP Region were for these industries:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+0.5)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+0.5)
  • Mining (+0.4)
  • Wholesale Trade (-0.2)

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