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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Southern Downs Regional Council area, making up 14.3% 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area.

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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 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. To provide this detail, Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Southern Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,90214.34.91,97814.24.9-76
Mining690.53.7530.44.1+16
Manufacturing1,2319.25.81,3709.87.9-139
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1050.81.22261.61.3-121
Construction7405.67.67615.47.9-21
Wholesale Trade2221.72.34243.03.2-202
Retail Trade1,54911.610.71,88113.511.7-332
Accommodation and Food Services1,0938.28.71,0847.88.4+9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7645.74.38035.84.5-39
Information Media and Telecommunications990.71.01120.81.0-13
Financial and Insurance Services1661.21.81941.42.0-28
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1461.12.01481.11.9-2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4233.24.54183.04.6+5
Administrative and Support Services2491.93.22031.52.7+46
Public Administration and Safety5744.36.07145.16.0-140
Education and Training1,2449.39.21,1678.48.1+77
Health Care and Social Assistance1,55411.713.21,51710.911.8+37
Arts and Recreation Services1140.91.71050.81.5+9
Other Services5233.94.04793.44.0+44
Industry not classified5534.24.23282.32.4+225

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, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 14.3% Mining, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.5% Manufacturing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 9.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.8% Construction, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 5.6% Wholesale Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.7% Retail Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 11.6% Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 8.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 5.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 3.2% Administrative and Support Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.9% Public Administration and Safety, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 4.3% Education and Training, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 9.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 11.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.9% Other Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 3.9% Industry not classified, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 4.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -76 Mining, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +16 Manufacturing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -139 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -121 Construction, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -21 Wholesale Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -202 Retail Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -332 Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +9 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -39 Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -13 Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -28 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -2 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +5 Administrative and Support Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +46 Public Administration and Safety, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -140 Education and Training, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +77 Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +37 Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +9 Other Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +44 Industry not classified, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +225
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,902 local workers 14.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,554 local workers 11.7%)
  • Retail Trade (1,549 local workers 11.6%)

In combination these three industries employed 5,005 people in total or 37.6% of local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 4.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 10.7% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Southern Downs Regional Council area and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (14.3% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (9.2% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.5% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (5.6% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Southern Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Retail Trade (-332 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+225 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-202 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (-140 local workers)

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