RDA Darling Downs and South West RegionEconomic profile
Skip to content

South West RED Region

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in South West RED Region, making up 21.4% 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 South West RED Region.

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, South West RED Region 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.

Did you know? By clicking/tapping on a data row in the table you will be able to see sub categories.
Employment (Census) by industry sector
South West RED Region 20162011Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,70421.44.93,05922.54.9-355
Mining7175.73.77865.84.1-69
Manufacturing4303.45.85814.37.9-151
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3162.51.22091.51.3+107
Construction7786.27.61,0497.77.9-271
Wholesale Trade3142.52.33622.73.2-48
Retail Trade9727.710.71,1678.611.7-195
Accommodation and Food Services6695.38.76955.18.4-26
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5444.34.36684.94.5-124
Information Media and Telecommunications570.51.0680.51.0-11
Financial and Insurance Services1160.91.81451.12.0-29
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1070.82.01120.81.9-5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2502.04.52912.14.6-41
Administrative and Support Services2161.73.21471.12.7+69
Public Administration and Safety1,0838.66.01,1248.36.0-41
Education and Training9907.89.28846.58.1+106
Health Care and Social Assistance1,36010.813.21,37310.111.8-13
Arts and Recreation Services630.51.7620.51.5+1
Other Services3833.04.03832.84.00
Industry not classified5644.54.24223.12.4+142

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, South West RED Region: 21.4% Mining, South West RED Region: 5.7% Manufacturing, South West RED Region: 3.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South West RED Region: 2.5% Construction, South West RED Region: 6.2% Wholesale Trade, South West RED Region: 2.5% Retail Trade, South West RED Region: 7.7% Accommodation and Food Services, South West RED Region: 5.3% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South West RED Region: 4.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, South West RED Region: 0.5% Financial and Insurance Services, South West RED Region: 0.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South West RED Region: 0.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South West RED Region: 2.0% Administrative and Support Services, South West RED Region: 1.7% Public Administration and Safety, South West RED Region: 8.6% Education and Training, South West RED Region: 7.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, South West RED Region: 10.8% Arts and Recreation Services, South West RED Region: 0.5% Other Services, South West RED Region: 3.0% Industry not classified, South West RED Region: 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, South West RED Region: -355 Mining, South West RED Region: -69 Manufacturing, South West RED Region: -151 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South West RED Region: +107 Construction, South West RED Region: -271 Wholesale Trade, South West RED Region: -48 Retail Trade, South West RED Region: -195 Accommodation and Food Services, South West RED Region: -26 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South West RED Region: -124 Information Media and Telecommunications, South West RED Region: -11 Financial and Insurance Services, South West RED Region: -29 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South West RED Region: -5 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South West RED Region: -41 Administrative and Support Services, South West RED Region: +69 Public Administration and Safety, South West RED Region: -41 Education and Training, South West RED Region: +106 Health Care and Social Assistance, South West RED Region: -13 Arts and Recreation Services, South West RED Region: +1 Other Services, South West RED Region: 0 Industry not classified, South West RED Region: +142
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 South West RED Region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,704 local workers 21.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,360 local workers 10.8%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (1,083 local workers 8.6%)

In combination these three industries employed 5,147 people in total or 40.7% of local workers.

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

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of South West RED Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (21.4% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (8.6% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (5.3% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (7.7% compared to 10.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in South West RED Region were for those employed in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-355 local workers)
  • Construction (-271 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-195 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-151 local workers)

v19.10.16-1.0.0