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Western Downs Regional Council area

Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for Western Downs Regional Council area in 2017/18 was 1.25, meaning that there were more jobs than resident workers. Mining had the highest ratio (2.71), while the lowest ratio was found in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.96).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether Western Downs Regional Council area could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

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Employment capacity by industry
Western Downs Regional Council area2017/182013/14
Industry
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Local jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,0113,1310.962,9522,8761.03
Mining1,7036282.712,0121,2041.67
Manufacturing1,0118741.169699651.00
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1106071.838784661.88
Construction3,0981,5132.054,6062,6041.77
Wholesale Trade4813971.215034791.05
Retail Trade1,6501,6101.031,5371,4871.03
Accommodation and Food Services1,0679321.159688901.09
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5584791.166826681.02
Information Media and Telecommunications83801.0490891.01
Financial and Insurance Services2221951.142192081.05
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1761661.061761701.04
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5825041.165764901.18
Administrative and Support Services3863201.213352931.15
Public Administration and Safety9107341.249148801.04
Education and Training1,6341,6710.981,2201,1931.02
Health Care and Social Assistance1,3411,2931.041,2101,1331.07
Arts and Recreation Services91811.1289821.09
Other Services6305931.066386061.05

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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Employment capacity by industry 2017/18
Employment capacity by industry 2017/18 Other Services, Employed residents: 593 Arts and Recreation Services, Employed residents: 81 Health Care and Social Assistance, Employed residents: 1,293 Education and Training, Employed residents: 1,671 Public Administration and Safety, Employed residents: 734 Administrative and Support Services, Employed residents: 320 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Employed residents: 504 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Employed residents: 166 Financial and Insurance Services, Employed residents: 195 Information Media and Telecommunications, Employed residents: 80 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Employed residents: 479 Accommodation and Food Services, Employed residents: 932 Retail Trade, Employed residents: 1,610 Wholesale Trade, Employed residents: 397 Construction, Employed residents: 1,513 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Employed residents: 607 Manufacturing, Employed residents: 874 Mining, Employed residents: 628 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Employed residents: 3,131 Other Services, Local jobs: 630 Arts and Recreation Services, Local jobs: 91 Health Care and Social Assistance, Local jobs: 1,341 Education and Training, Local jobs: 1,634 Public Administration and Safety, Local jobs: 910 Administrative and Support Services, Local jobs: 386 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Local jobs: 582 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Local jobs: 176 Financial and Insurance Services, Local jobs: 222 Information Media and Telecommunications, Local jobs: 83 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Local jobs: 558 Accommodation and Food Services, Local jobs: 1,067 Retail Trade, Local jobs: 1,650 Wholesale Trade, Local jobs: 481 Construction, Local jobs: 3,098 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Local jobs: 1,110 Manufacturing, Local jobs: 1,011 Mining, Local jobs: 1,703 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Local jobs: 3,011
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Employment capacity by industry 2017/18 and 2013/14
Employment capacity by industry 2017/18 and  2013/14 Other Services, 2013/14: 1.05 Arts and Recreation Services, 2013/14: 1.09 Health Care and Social Assistance, 2013/14: 1.07 Education and Training, 2013/14: 1.02 Public Administration and Safety, 2013/14: 1.04 Administrative and Support Services, 2013/14: 1.15 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, 2013/14: 1.18 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, 2013/14: 1.04 Financial and Insurance Services, 2013/14: 1.05 Information Media and Telecommunications, 2013/14: 1.01 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, 2013/14: 1.02 Accommodation and Food Services, 2013/14: 1.09 Retail Trade, 2013/14: 1.03 Wholesale Trade, 2013/14: 1.05 Construction, 2013/14: 1.77 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, 2013/14: 1.88 Manufacturing, 2013/14: 1.00 Mining, 2013/14: 1.67 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, 2013/14: 1.03 Other Services, 2017/18: 1.06 Arts and Recreation Services, 2017/18: 1.12 Health Care and Social Assistance, 2017/18: 1.04 Education and Training, 2017/18: 0.98 Public Administration and Safety, 2017/18: 1.24 Administrative and Support Services, 2017/18: 1.21 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, 2017/18: 1.16 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, 2017/18: 1.06 Financial and Insurance Services, 2017/18: 1.14 Information Media and Telecommunications, 2017/18: 1.04 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, 2017/18: 1.16 Accommodation and Food Services, 2017/18: 1.15 Retail Trade, 2017/18: 1.03 Wholesale Trade, 2017/18: 1.21 Construction, 2017/18: 2.05 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, 2017/18: 1.83 Manufacturing, 2017/18: 1.16 Mining, 2017/18: 2.71 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, 2017/18: 0.96
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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