RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Employment self-containment

In 2016, 91.4% of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region’s resident workers were employed locally.

Self-containment measures the proportion of resident workers who are employed within the boundaries of the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the propensity of residents to seek employment outside the Local Government Area or region in which they live.

Self containment is likely to be higher for regional areas and, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-containment data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Residents place of workdata to see where resident workers are accessing employment, along with Jobs to workers ratio data which provides the theoretical number of jobs which could be provided to residents of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in the local area, and is updated annually. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

Data source

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, RDA Darling Downs and South West 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.
  • Industry
  • Occupations
Employment self-containment by Industry
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region20162011Change
IndustryTotal resident workersResident workers employed in the region% of resident workers employed in the regionTotal resident workersResident workers employed in the region% of resident workers employed in the region2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing13,25412,33793.112,87412,45996.8-3.7%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,5711,43491.31,4001,35897.0-5.7%
Wholesale Trade3,1873,01794.73,8133,70497.1-2.5%
Retail Trade11,08310,75697.012,40212,23098.6-1.6%
Accommodation and Food Services6,9506,71196.66,6806,54397.9-1.4%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,9644,42189.15,1674,86994.2-5.2%
Information Media and Telecommunications72066592.489186697.2-4.8%
Financial and Insurance Services2,3472,27096.72,4992,45398.2-1.4%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4891,41695.11,2901,27799.0-3.9%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,4224,11793.14,1563,98695.9-2.8%
Administrative and Support Services2,6442,15181.41,8441,78796.9-15.5%
Public Administration and Safety7,3276,82993.27,2546,98696.3-3.1%
Education and Training11,53510,94294.910,0829,74496.6-1.8%
Health Care and Social Assistance14,79414,20796.013,58413,31398.0-2.0%
Arts and Recreation Services92785091.783181397.8-6.1%
Other Services4,5474,30194.64,1014,02498.1-3.5%
Industry not classified4,4594,05390.92,4622,41698.1-7.2%
Total Industries116,194106,22191.4110,898106,71796.2-4.8%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016 Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions).

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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