RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Employment self-containment

In 2016, 88.4% of the Southern Downs Regional Council area’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 Southern Downs Regional Council area 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.
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Employment self-containment by Industry
Southern Downs Regional Council area20162011Change
IndustryTotal resident workersResident workers residing in the Southern Downs Regional Council area%% resident workers employed in the Southern Downs Regional Council areaTotal resident workersResident workers residing in the Southern Downs Regional Council area%% resident workers employed in the Southern Downs Regional Council area2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,9271,78192.41,9361,84895.5-3.0%
Mining1355540.71135145.1-4.4%
Manufacturing1,2291,16294.51,2881,25397.3-2.7%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1079588.811310189.4-0.6%
Construction98667268.276269991.7-23.6%
Wholesale Trade23920887.039538497.2-10.2%
Retail Trade1,5751,48694.31,8561,79296.6-2.2%
Accommodation and Food Services1,0581,01796.11,0621,02096.0+0.1%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing79568185.780873490.8-5.2%
Information Media and Telecommunications1029088.211110695.5-7.3%
Financial and Insurance Services15714793.619018496.8-3.2%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services16214187.014814295.9-8.9%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services44340090.342239693.8-3.5%
Administrative and Support Services30223176.520018693.0-16.5%
Public Administration and Safety62254287.174568591.9-4.8%
Education and Training1,2471,16993.71,1441,08895.1-1.4%
Health Care and Social Assistance1,5621,42991.51,5121,41893.8-2.3%
Arts and Recreation Services1179883.810310097.1-13.3%
Other Services54850391.847645395.2-3.4%
Industry not classified58551187.430229597.7-10.3%
Total Industries14,04512,42188.413,81812,93093.6-5.1%

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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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