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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

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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Western 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 Fishing2,91315.05.43,60718.46.5-694
Mining2,24311.65.21,8219.36.1+422
Manufacturing1,0485.47.58644.47.3+185
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,4557.51.51,0885.51.7+367
Construction3,68619.012.05,04325.712.4-1,357
Wholesale Trade5162.72.64542.33.1+63
Retail Trade1,3336.99.11,2136.29.5+120
Accommodation and Food Services7353.86.86393.36.4+95
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6283.25.36863.55.3-58
Information Media and Telecommunications690.41.0580.31.1+11
Financial and Insurance Services1951.02.01780.91.9+17
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1520.81.92271.22.4-75
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6253.25.05172.64.7+108
Administrative and Support Services2371.23.12261.12.9+12
Public Administration and Safety8494.46.27313.75.9+119
Education and Training1,0845.67.48414.37.0+243
Health Care and Social Assistance9985.111.88554.410.2+143
Arts and Recreation Services500.31.7560.31.6-6
Other Services6003.14.25322.74.1+67

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, Western Downs Regional Council area: 15.0% Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: 11.6% Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 7.5% Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: 19.0% Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.7% Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 6.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.2% Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.2% Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.4% Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.3% Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.1%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area: -694 Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: +422 Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: +185 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +367 Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1,357 Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: +63 Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: +120 Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +95 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -58 Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: +11 Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +17 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -75 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +108 Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +12 Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: +119 Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: +243 Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: +143 Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -6 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +67
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 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%)

Emerging groups

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)

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