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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Southern Downs Regional Council area, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 2,098 FTE jobs in 2017/18.

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 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 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.

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 the specific topic notes section.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Southern Downs Regional Council area2017/182012/13Change
Industry
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Number%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,09815.95.42,39717.86.5-299
Mining930.75.21691.36.1-76
Manufacturing1,1278.57.51,2229.17.3-95
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1671.31.53172.41.7-150
Construction1,2929.812.01,1908.812.4+102
Wholesale Trade2441.82.64263.23.1-182
Retail Trade1,41610.79.11,52911.49.5-113
Accommodation and Food Services8616.56.87675.76.4+94
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9036.85.39016.75.3+2
Information Media and Telecommunications970.71.01130.81.1-16
Financial and Insurance Services1571.22.01581.21.9-1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1491.11.92401.82.4-90
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4633.55.03952.94.7+68
Administrative and Support Services1991.53.12161.62.9-17
Public Administration and Safety5464.16.26404.85.9-94
Education and Training1,32910.17.49587.17.0+371
Health Care and Social Assistance1,44811.011.81,1858.810.2+264
Arts and Recreation Services840.61.71180.91.6-34
Other Services5444.14.25243.94.1+20

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

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Employment (FTE) 2017/18
Employment (FTE) 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 5.4% Mining, Regional QLD: 5.2% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 7.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.5% Construction, Regional QLD: 12.0% Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: 2.6% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 9.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 6.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 5.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 2.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 5.0% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 6.2% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 7.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 11.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.7% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 15.9% Mining, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.7% Manufacturing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 8.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.3% Construction, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 9.8% Wholesale Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.8% Retail Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 10.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 6.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 6.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 3.5% Administrative and Support Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.5% Public Administration and Safety, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 4.1% Education and Training, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 10.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 11.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.6% Other Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 4.1%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (FTE), 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in employment (FTE), 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -299 Mining, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -76 Manufacturing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -95 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -150 Construction, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +102 Wholesale Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -182 Retail Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -113 Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +94 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +2 Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -16 Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -1 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -90 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +68 Administrative and Support Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -17 Public Administration and Safety, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -94 Education and Training, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +371 Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +264 Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -34 Other Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +20
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,098 full-time equivalent local workers or 15.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,448 full-time equivalent local workers or 11.0%)
  • Retail Trade (1,416 full-time equivalent local workers or 10.7%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 4,962 people in total or 37.5% of local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 5.4% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 11.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 9.1% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.9% compared to 5.4%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Education and Training (10.1% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.7% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (9.8% compared to 12.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the full-time equivalent work in Southern Downs Regional Council area decreased by 248 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Southern Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Education and Training (+371 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-299 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+264 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-182 full-time equivalent local workers)

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