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Western Downs Regional Council area

Employment self-containment - Industry

In 2016, 89.9% of Western 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 work data 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 Western Downs Regional Council area in the local area, and is updated annually. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

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.

Employment self-containment by industry
Western Downs Regional Council area20162011Change
IndustryTotal resident workersResident workers employed in Western Downs Regional Council area% resident workers employed in Western Downs Regional Council areaTotal resident workersResident workers employed in Western Downs Regional Council area% resident workers employed in Western Downs Regional Council area2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,7772,53691.32,6812,55095.1-3.8%
Mining57843575.377767687.0-11.8%
Manufacturing72365190.088083494.8-4.7%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services40734985.732731897.2-11.5%
Construction1,3171,00476.21,2431,14592.1-15.9%
Wholesale Trade41338493.040839596.8-3.8%
Retail Trade1,3271,29497.51,4521,44099.2-1.7%
Accommodation and Food Services83780496.181279698.0-2.0%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing55247085.155251292.8-7.6%
Information Media and Telecommunications585493.1605795.0-1.9%
Financial and Insurance Services16616398.219818794.4+3.8%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services16015496.3145145100.0-3.8%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services44941091.341339495.4-4.1%
Administrative and Support Services32126482.219818894.9-12.7%
Public Administration and Safety78174595.469767697.0-1.6%
Education and Training1,1621,11095.51,01798596.9-1.3%
Health Care and Social Assistance1,06099894.21,0981,06296.7-2.6%
Arts and Recreation Services6666100.06363100.00%
Other Services51549596.147146298.1-2.0%
Industry not classified59154291.739037796.7-5.0%

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

Employment self-containment by industry 2016
Employment self-containment by industry 2016 Other Services, % of industry self-containment: 96.1% Arts and Recreation Services, % of industry self-containment: 100.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, % of industry self-containment: 94.2% Education and Training, % of industry self-containment: 95.5% Public Administration and Safety, % of industry self-containment: 95.4% Administrative and Support Services, % of industry self-containment: 82.2% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, % of industry self-containment: 91.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, % of industry self-containment: 96.3% Financial and Insurance Services, % of industry self-containment: 98.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, % of industry self-containment: 93.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, % of industry self-containment: 85.1% Accommodation and Food Services, % of industry self-containment: 96.1% Retail Trade, % of industry self-containment: 97.5% Wholesale Trade, % of industry self-containment: 93.0% Construction, % of industry self-containment: 76.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, % of industry self-containment: 85.7% Manufacturing, % of industry self-containment: 90.0% Mining, % of industry self-containment: 75.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, % of industry self-containment: 91.3% Other Services, Resident workers employed locally: 495 Arts and Recreation Services, Resident workers employed locally: 66 Health Care and Social Assistance, Resident workers employed locally: 998 Education and Training, Resident workers employed locally: 1,110 Public Administration and Safety, Resident workers employed locally: 745 Administrative and Support Services, Resident workers employed locally: 264 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Resident workers employed locally: 410 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Resident workers employed locally: 154 Financial and Insurance Services, Resident workers employed locally: 163 Information Media and Telecommunications, Resident workers employed locally: 54 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Resident workers employed locally: 470 Accommodation and Food Services, Resident workers employed locally: 804 Retail Trade, Resident workers employed locally: 1,294 Wholesale Trade, Resident workers employed locally: 384 Construction, Resident workers employed locally: 1,004 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Resident workers employed locally: 349 Manufacturing, Resident workers employed locally: 651 Mining, Resident workers employed locally: 435 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Resident workers employed locally: 2,536 Other Services, Total resident workers: 515 Arts and Recreation Services, Total resident workers: 66 Health Care and Social Assistance, Total resident workers: 1,060 Education and Training, Total resident workers: 1,162 Public Administration and Safety, Total resident workers: 781 Administrative and Support Services, Total resident workers: 321 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Total resident workers: 449 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Total resident workers: 160 Financial and Insurance Services, Total resident workers: 166 Information Media and Telecommunications, Total resident workers: 58 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Total resident workers: 552 Accommodation and Food Services, Total resident workers: 837 Retail Trade, Total resident workers: 1,327 Wholesale Trade, Total resident workers: 413 Construction, Total resident workers: 1,317 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Total resident workers: 407 Manufacturing, Total resident workers: 723 Mining, Total resident workers: 578 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Total resident workers: 2,777
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Change in self-containment percentage by industry, 2011 to 2016
Change in self-containment percentage by industry, 2011 to 2016 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -2.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: -2.6% Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1.3% Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1.6% Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -12.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -4.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -3.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +3.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -7.6% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -2.0% Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1.7% Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -3.8% Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: -15.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -11.5% Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -4.7% Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: -11.8% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -3.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.
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