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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Toowoomba Regional Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 10,926 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 Toowoomba 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 Toowoomba 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
Toowoomba Regional Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6,3118.63.44,5456.63.1+1,765
Mining3,8865.33.33,5425.14.1+344
Manufacturing5,8978.07.56,3609.28.1-463
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0551.41.51,0101.51.6+46
Construction6,6769.111.16,0398.711.3+637
Wholesale Trade2,6343.63.42,4283.53.5+206
Retail Trade5,4407.48.36,2399.09.3-799
Accommodation and Food Services3,0924.25.92,8074.15.3+285
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,7555.16.04,0135.86.0-257
Information Media and Telecommunications6020.81.41,2121.81.5-610
Financial and Insurance Services2,0522.82.71,6322.42.4+420
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,0031.42.01,3021.92.2-299
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,3084.57.13,0664.47.5+242
Administrative and Support Services1,4221.93.21,5002.23.1-78
Public Administration and Safety4,4976.16.75,0677.36.9-570
Education and Training7,3079.98.25,7728.47.2+1,535
Health Care and Social Assistance10,92614.812.48,27912.011.0+2,647
Arts and Recreation Services9741.31.68171.21.4+157
Other Services2,8303.84.23,4905.04.5-660
Total industries73,668100.0100.069,118100.0100.0+4,549

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,926 people or 14.8%)
  • Education and Training (7,307 people or 9.9%)
  • Construction (6,676 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 24,909 people in total or 33.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.2% in Education and Training and 11.1% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.6% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.5% compared to 7.1%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (14.8% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (9.1% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Toowoomba Regional Council area increased by increased by 4,549 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 Toowoomba Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,647 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+1,765 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,535 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+637 full-time equivalent local workers)

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