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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Employment by industry (Total)

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 19,907 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of 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.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

NOTE: 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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Employment (total) by industry
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region2019/202014/15Change
Industry
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2014/15 to 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing16,24911.73.113,75610.32.8+2,493
Mining4,1883.02.66,0614.52.8-1,873
Manufacturing9,9297.16.99,6987.37.0+231
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3,4042.41.22,5141.91.3+890
Construction13,7369.99.712,2479.29.3+1,489
Wholesale Trade4,0142.93.13,9242.93.1+91
Retail Trade12,4018.99.512,7809.610.2-379
Accommodation and Food Services7,6365.57.27,8705.97.3-235
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,7664.15.16,6325.05.2-866
Information Media and Telecommunications1,1580.81.41,6841.31.4-526
Financial and Insurance Services2,6951.92.62,6582.02.7+38
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4441.01.91,8241.42.0-380
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,5304.77.14,9783.76.8+1,551
Administrative and Support Services3,1482.33.32,9202.23.5+227
Public Administration and Safety8,2775.96.88,9096.76.6-632
Education and Training12,4909.09.012,3039.29.1+187
Health Care and Social Assistance19,90714.313.816,20712.112.9+3,700
Arts and Recreation Services1,0090.71.71,3001.01.7-291
Other Services5,4363.94.05,4494.14.2-13

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions).

NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more

Employment (total) by industry 2019/20
Employment (total) by industry 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 3.1% Mining, Queensland: 2.6% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.2% Construction, Queensland: 9.7% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.1% Retail Trade, Queensland: 9.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 7.1% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.8% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.7% Other Services, Queensland: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.7% Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.0% Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.4% Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.9% Wholesale Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.9% Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.9% Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.7% Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.3% Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.9% Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 14.3% Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.7% Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.9%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2014/15 to 2019/20
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2014/15 to 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,493 Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,873 Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +231 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +890 Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,489 Wholesale Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +91 Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -379 Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -235 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -866 Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -526 Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +38 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -380 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,551 Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +227 Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -632 Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +187 Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,700 Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -291 Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -13
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (19,907 people or 14.3%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (16,249 people or 11.7%)
  • Construction (13,736 people or 9.9%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 49,892 people in total or 35.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 3.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 9.7% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (11.7% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (2.4% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.7% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (5.5% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 5,703 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,700 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+2,493 local workers)
  • Mining (-1,873 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,551 local workers)

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