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Location quotient by industry

In 2019/20, 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. National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Location quotient
RDA BGLAP Region - Employment (Total)2019/202014/15Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)%. South Australia%Location Quotient South Australia%. South Australia%Location Quotien South Australia2019/20 - 2014/15
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9.83.82.5611.34.52.49+0.03
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services0.61.40.420.41.40.32+0.33
Wholesale Trade1.93.20.592.13.10.66-0.11
Retail Trade12.110.21.1810.810.81.00+0.18
Accommodation and Food Services7.
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.54.60.773.74.50.82-0.06
Information Media and Telecommunications0.91.70.510.81.50.54-0.04
Financial and Insurance Services1.42.70.511.22.80.42+0.20
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.91.30.650.91.30.70-0.07
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.86.50.583.45.90.58+0.00
Administrative and Support Services5.03.81.304.53.51.28+0.01
Public Administration and Safety2.86.70.422.77.00.38+0.09
Education and Training8.
Health Care and Social Assistance11.014.50.7611.014.40.76-0.01
Arts and Recreation Services1.31.50.871.21.50.80+0.08
Other Services3.
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 RDA BGLAP Region in 2019/20 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to South Australia were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2.6 )
  • Manufacturing (1.8 )
  • Administrative and Support Services (1.3 )

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

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (0.4 )
  • Public Administration and Safety (0.4 )
  • Mining (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 2014/15 and 2019/20 in RDA BGLAP Region were for these industries:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+0.3)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+0.2)
  • Retail Trade (+0.2)
  • Construction (-0.1)

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