RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 17,831 FTE jobs in 2018/19.

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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. Regional QLDNumber%. Regional QLD2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing17,83114.15.914,48511.65.4+3,346
Mining7,2455.75.29,1457.46.0-1,900
Manufacturing9,0117.17.39,5047.67.5-493
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3,5022.81.63,0022.41.6+501
Construction14,09611.111.915,14212.212.9-1,046
Wholesale Trade3,8213.02.93,8913.13.0-70
Retail Trade8,7366.98.710,5988.59.7-1,861
Accommodation and Food Services5,5094.36.94,9394.06.2+569
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,7204.55.16,6035.35.1-883
Information Media and Telecommunications8880.71.21,4811.21.2-592
Financial and Insurance Services2,6222.12.02,1511.71.7+470
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4681.21.91,8111.52.1-343
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,7603.85.04,5223.65.0+238
Administrative and Support Services2,0611.63.12,2151.83.0-154
Public Administration and Safety6,8975.45.47,8736.35.8-976
Education and Training10,9268.67.98,5036.86.9+2,424
Health Care and Social Assistance15,74112.412.211,8079.510.5+3,934
Arts and Recreation Services1,3551.11.71,0640.91.5+290
Other Services4,6363.74.15,6254.54.7-989
Total industries126,825100.0100.0124,362100.0100.0+2,463

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (17,831 people or 14.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (15,741 people or 12.4%)
  • Construction (14,096 people or 11.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 47,667 people in total or 37.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 5.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 12.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 11.9% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (14.1% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (4.3% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (6.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Administrative and Support Services (1.6% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by increased by 2,463 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,934 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+3,346 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+2,424 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+569 full-time equivalent local workers)

RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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