RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Paroo Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Paroo Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 429 FTE jobs in 2019/20.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in the Paroo Shire.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the Paroo Shire's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Paroo Shire2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing42952.74.025929.33.1+170
Mining222.73.4212.43.7+1
Manufacturing101.37.613014.77.9-120
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services00.01.480.91.6-8
Construction374.511.1444.910.7-7
Wholesale Trade50.63.3111.33.3-6
Retail Trade435.27.9778.79.1-34
Accommodation and Food Services283.55.7384.25.6-9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing212.65.7252.86.0-4
Information Media and Telecommunications001.340.41.4-4
Financial and Insurance Services002.600.12.5+0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services20.32.0101.22.1-8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services007.7101.17.8-10
Administrative and Support Services10.13.150.53.1-4
Public Administration and Safety8410.36.79911.26.9-16
Education and Training496.08.4445.07.7+5
Health Care and Social Assistance607.312.6667.511.5-7
Arts and Recreation Services60.81.5121.31.5-6
Other Services172.14.1212.44.5-4
Total industries814100.0100.0884100.0100.0-70

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in the Paroo Shire in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (429 people or 52.7%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (84 people or 10.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (60 people or 7.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 572 people in total or 70.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 4.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 6.7% in Public Administration and Safety and 12.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the Paroo Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (52.7% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (4.5% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (1.3% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (7.3% compared to 12.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Paroo Shire increased by decreased by -70 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in the Paroo Shire were for those employed in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+170 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+5 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Mining (+1 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+0 full-time equivalent local workers)

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