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Western Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Western Downs Regional Council area, making up 17.0% 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 Western 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, Western 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
Western Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,76317.04.92,75417.74.9+9
Mining1,1597.13.71,1667.54.1-7
Manufacturing7454.65.89396.07.9-194
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5793.61.24352.81.3+144
Construction1,82811.37.61,67710.87.9+151
Wholesale Trade4472.82.34292.83.2+18
Retail Trade1,4238.810.71,5299.811.7-106
Accommodation and Food Services9345.88.79185.98.4+16
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5643.54.35813.74.5-17
Information Media and Telecommunications550.31.0630.41.0-8
Financial and Insurance Services1831.11.82001.32.0-17
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1721.12.01531.01.9+19
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5043.14.55043.24.60
Administrative and Support Services3412.13.22251.42.7+116
Public Administration and Safety8545.36.07424.86.0+112
Education and Training1,1977.49.21,0546.88.1+143
Health Care and Social Assistance1,1357.013.21,1897.611.8-54
Arts and Recreation Services700.41.7710.51.5-1
Other Services5523.44.04973.24.0+55
Industry not classified7334.54.24382.82.4+295

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, Western Downs Regional Council area: 17.0% Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: 7.1% Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.6% Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: 11.3% Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.8% Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.1% Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.1% Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.3% Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: 7.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: 7.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.4% Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.4% Industry not classified, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.5%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area: +9 Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: -7 Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -194 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +144 Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: +151 Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: +18 Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -106 Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +16 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -17 Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: -8 Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -17 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +19 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0 Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +116 Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: +112 Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: +143 Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: -54 Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +55 Industry not classified, Western Downs Regional Council area: +295
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 Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,763 local workers 17.0%)
  • Construction (1,828 local workers 11.3%)
  • Retail Trade (1,423 local workers 8.8%)

In combination these three industries employed 6,014 people in total or 37.0% of local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 4.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 7.6% in Construction; and 10.7% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (17.0% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (11.3% compared to 7.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (7.1% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (7.0% compared to 13.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Industry not classified (+295 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-194 local workers)
  • Construction (+151 local workers)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+144 local workers)

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