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Western Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Western Downs Regional Council area, Construction is the largest employer, generating 4,198 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 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 the Western 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
Western Downs Regional Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,50817.43.43,01814.93.1+490
Mining1,8799.33.33,02314.94.1-1,144
Manufacturing1,1965.97.58474.28.1+350
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,7548.71.51,1215.51.6+633
Construction4,19820.811.15,09425.111.3-896
Wholesale Trade4802.43.44542.23.5+26
Retail Trade1,0305.18.31,2386.19.3-208
Accommodation and Food Services7183.65.96043.05.3+114
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5262.66.06613.36.0-135
Information Media and Telecommunications640.31.4520.31.5+12
Financial and Insurance Services1850.92.71510.72.4+34
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1360.72.01540.82.2-17
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5452.77.15182.67.5+27
Administrative and Support Services2371.23.22421.23.1-4
Public Administration and Safety7783.96.77913.96.9-13
Education and Training1,1365.68.28034.07.2+332
Health Care and Social Assistance1,1035.512.48454.211.0+258
Arts and Recreation Services1010.51.6550.31.4+47
Other Services5993.04.26013.04.5-2
Total industries20,173100.0100.020,271100.0100.0-98

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

  • Construction (4,198 people or 20.8%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (3,508 people or 17.4%)
  • Mining (1,879 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 9,584 people in total or 47.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.1% in Construction; 3.4% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and 3.3% in Mining.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (17.4% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (20.8% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (8.7% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (5.5% compared to 12.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Western Downs Regional Council area increased by decreased by -98 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 Western Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+633 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+490 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+350 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+332 full-time equivalent local workers)

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