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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In Southern Downs Regional Council area, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 2,538 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Southern Downs Regional Council area. 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
Southern Downs Regional Council area2018/192013/14Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2013/14 to 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,53816.04.62,14513.74.6+393
Mining600.43.8980.64.4-39
Manufacturing1,2297.76.71,5489.96.8-319
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1821.11.31921.21.3-10
Construction1,2738.010.11,0907.011.2+182
Wholesale Trade2471.62.54192.72.8-171
Retail Trade1,80311.411.01,91912.310.7-116
Accommodation and Food Services1,3188.38.61,2117.78.1+107
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8285.24.69676.24.6-140
Information Media and Telecommunications1140.71.21360.91.2-23
Financial and Insurance Services1601.01.91911.21.9-31
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1531.01.81691.12.0-16
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4753.04.84863.14.7-11
Administrative and Support Services2681.73.33092.03.4-41
Public Administration and Safety6604.25.87985.15.5-139
Education and Training1,59910.18.91,4109.08.4+189
Health Care and Social Assistance2,17813.713.31,68110.712.0+497
Arts and Recreation Services1410.91.81370.91.8+4
Other Services6394.04.07364.74.4-97

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

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Employment (total) by industry 2018/19
Employment (total) by industry 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 4.6% Mining, Regional QLD: 3.8% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 6.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.3% Construction, Regional QLD: 10.1% Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: 2.5% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 11.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 8.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 4.8% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 5.8% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 8.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 13.3% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.8% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 16.0% Mining, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.4% Manufacturing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 7.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.1% Construction, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 8.0% Wholesale Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.6% Retail Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 11.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 8.3% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 5.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 3.0% Administrative and Support Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.7% Public Administration and Safety, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 4.2% Education and Training, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 10.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 13.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 0.9% Other Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 4.0%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +393 Mining, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -39 Manufacturing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -319 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -10 Construction, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +182 Wholesale Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -171 Retail Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -116 Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +107 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -140 Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -23 Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -31 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -16 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -11 Administrative and Support Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -41 Public Administration and Safety, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -139 Education and Training, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +189 Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +497 Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: +4 Other Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area: -97
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,538 people or 16.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,178 people or 13.7%)
  • Retail Trade (1,803 people or 11.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 6,520 people in total or 41.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 4.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 11.0% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Southern Downs Regional Council area and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (16.0% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.4% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (8.0% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.0% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Southern Downs Regional Council area increased by 220 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Southern Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+497 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+393 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-319 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+189 local workers)

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