RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Paroo Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Paroo Shire, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 341 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 Paroo 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 Paroo 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 Paroo 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
Paroo Shire2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing34141.33.123124.72.8+109
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services10.
Wholesale Trade81.03.1141.53.1-6
Retail Trade566.89.59410.010.2-38
Accommodation and Food Services374.57.2464.97.3-9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing273.35.1303.25.2-3
Information Media and Telecommunications001.430.31.4-3
Financial and Insurance Services002.600.12.7+0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services20.31.9101.02.0-7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services007.1111.16.8-11
Administrative and Support Services10.13.360.63.5-5
Public Administration and Safety10012.16.810411.16.6-4
Education and Training647.89.0667.19.1-2
Health Care and Social Assistance789.413.810811.612.9-30
Arts and Recreation Services182.21.7181.91.7+0
Other Services212.64.0262.84.2-5
Total industries824100.0100.0936100.0100.0-112

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Paroo Shire in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (341 people or 41.3%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (100 people or 12.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (78 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 518 people in total or 62.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 3.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 6.8% in Public Administration and Safety and 13.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (41.3% compared to 3.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.1% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.5% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (12.1% compared to 6.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Paroo Shire increased by decreased by -112 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+109 local workers)
  • Mining (+5 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+0 local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+0 local workers)

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