RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Balonne Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Balonne Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 791 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Balonne Shire. 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 the Balonne Shire 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 the Balonne Shire'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.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Balonne Shire2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing79133.32.784333.22.7-52
Mining100.42.4100.43.0+0
Manufacturing1144.86.9993.97.4+15
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services391.61.2261.01.3+13
Construction1385.89.61736.89.8-35
Wholesale Trade783.32.91164.63.2-38
Retail Trade2018.510.51987.810.3+3
Accommodation and Food Services903.87.6973.87.2-7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing823.45.31224.85.3-40
Information Media and Telecommunications150.61.390.41.4+6
Financial and Insurance Services271.12.6281.12.7-1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services100.41.7160.62.0-6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services361.56.4421.66.7-6
Administrative and Support Services391.63.3481.93.4-9
Public Administration and Safety1275.37.01777.06.5-50
Education and Training1908.09.21957.78.7-5
Health Care and Social Assistance27211.413.52309.112.5+42
Arts and Recreation Services130.51.640.21.6+8
Other Services1064.44.01084.34.3-3
Total industries2,378100.0100.02,540100.0100.0-162

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 local workers in the Balonne Shire in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (791 people or 33.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (272 people or 11.4%)
  • Retail Trade (201 people or 8.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,265 people in total or 53.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 10.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Balonne Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (33.3% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.5% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (3.8% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.8% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Balonne Shire increased by decreased by -162 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+42 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+15 local workers)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+13 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+8 local workers)

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