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Paroo Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Paroo Shire, making up 29.7% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across Paroo Shire.

NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Paroo Shire is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for Paroo Shire.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Paroo Shire 2016
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Number%Regional QLD %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing21929.74.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services70.91.2
Wholesale Trade91.22.3
Retail Trade598.010.7
Accommodation and Food Services415.68.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing263.54.3
Information Media and Telecommunications30.41.0
Financial and Insurance Services60.81.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services00.02.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services40.54.5
Administrative and Support Services121.63.2
Public Administration and Safety9813.36.0
Education and Training668.99.2
Health Care and Social Assistance7810.613.2
Arts and Recreation Services60.81.7
Other Services223.04.0
Industry not classified354.74.2

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 4.9% Mining, Regional QLD: 3.7% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 5.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.2% Construction, Regional QLD: 7.6% Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: 2.3% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 10.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 8.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 1.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 4.5% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 6.0% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 9.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 13.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.7% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Industry not classified, Regional QLD: 4.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Paroo Shire: 29.7% Mining, Paroo Shire: 2.2% Manufacturing, Paroo Shire: 1.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Paroo Shire: 0.9% Construction, Paroo Shire: 2.7% Wholesale Trade, Paroo Shire: 1.2% Retail Trade, Paroo Shire: 8.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Paroo Shire: 5.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Paroo Shire: 3.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Paroo Shire: 0.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Paroo Shire: 0.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Paroo Shire: 0.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Paroo Shire: 0.5% Administrative and Support Services, Paroo Shire: 1.6% Public Administration and Safety, Paroo Shire: 13.3% Education and Training, Paroo Shire: 8.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Paroo Shire: 10.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Paroo Shire: 0.8% Other Services, Paroo Shire: 3.0% Industry not classified, Paroo Shire: 4.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Paroo Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (219 local workers 29.7%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (98 local workers 13.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (78 local workers 10.6%)

In combination these three industries employed 395 people in total or 53.5% of local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 4.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 6.0% in Public Administration and Safety; and 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Paroo Shire and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (29.7% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (13.3% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (2.7% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (1.5% compared to 5.8%)