Western Downs Regional Council area
Employment by industry (FTE)
In Western Downs Regional Council area, Construction is the largest employer, generating 3,686 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 Western 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
|Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector|
|Western Downs Regional Council area||2017/18||2012/13||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Regional QLD%||Number||%||Regional QLD%||2012/13 to 2017/18|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||2,913||15.0||5.4||3,607||18.4||6.5||-694||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||1,455||7.5||1.5||1,088||5.5||1.7||+367||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||735||3.8||6.8||639||3.3||6.4||+95||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||628||3.2||5.3||686||3.5||5.3||-58||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||69||0.4||1.0||58||0.3||1.1||+11||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||195||1.0||2.0||178||0.9||1.9||+17||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||152||0.8||1.9||227||1.2||2.4||-75||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||625||3.2||5.0||517||2.6||4.7||+108||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||237||1.2||3.1||226||1.1||2.9||+12||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||849||4.4||6.2||731||3.7||5.9||+119||24400||P|
|Education and Training||1,084||5.6||7.4||841||4.3||7.0||+243||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||998||5.1||11.8||855||4.4||10.2||+143||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||50||0.3||1.7||56||0.3||1.6||-6||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more
An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in Western Downs Regional Council area in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:
- Construction (3,686 full-time equivalent local workers or 19.0%)
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,913 full-time equivalent local workers or 15.0%)
- Mining (2,243 full-time equivalent local workers or 11.6%)
In combination these three industries accounted for 8,843 people in total or 45.5% of local workers.
In comparison, Regional QLD employed 12.0% in Construction; 5.4% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 5.2% in Mining.
The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of Western Downs Regional Council area and Regional QLD were:
- A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.0% compared to 5.4%)
- A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (19.0% compared to 12.0%)
- A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (11.6% compared to 5.2%)
- A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (5.1% compared to 11.8%)
The number of local workers in the full-time equivalent work in Western Downs Regional Council area decreased by 219 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 Western Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:
- Construction (-1,357 full-time equivalent local workers)
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-694 full-time equivalent local workers)
- Mining (+422 full-time equivalent local workers)
- Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+367 full-time equivalent local workers)