RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Southern Downs Regional Council area, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 2,694 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area.

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 Southern Downs Regional Council area'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
Southern Downs Regional Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,69419.63.42,09415.73.1+600
Mining690.53.31200.94.1-51
Manufacturing1,1198.17.51,39310.48.1-274
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1671.21.51771.31.6-11
Construction1,37410.011.11,1438.611.3+231
Wholesale Trade2421.83.43812.93.5-139
Retail Trade1,1638.58.31,54911.69.3-386
Accommodation and Food Services8566.25.97655.75.3+91
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7485.46.09687.26.0-220
Information Media and Telecommunications820.61.4990.71.5-17
Financial and Insurance Services1401.02.71411.12.4-1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1501.12.01601.22.2-10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4163.07.14093.17.5+8
Administrative and Support Services1781.33.22291.73.1-51
Public Administration and Safety5093.76.77015.36.9-192
Education and Training1,2719.28.29677.27.2+304
Health Care and Social Assistance1,86313.612.41,2569.411.0+607
Arts and Recreation Services1381.01.6960.71.4+42
Other Services5684.14.27075.34.5-139
Total industries13,746100.0100.013,355100.0100.0+392

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 Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,694 people or 19.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,863 people or 13.6%)
  • Construction (1,374 people or 10.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,932 people in total or 43.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 3.4% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 11.1% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the Southern Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.6% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.0% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.7% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.5% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area increased by increased by 392 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+607 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+600 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+304 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+231 full-time equivalent local workers)

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