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 205 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 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 Shire2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing20523.32.723924.42.7-35
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services50.51.2121.21.3-7
Wholesale Trade131.52.9192.03.2-7
Retail Trade566.410.5909.210.3-34
Accommodation and Food Services384.37.6434.47.2-5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing354.05.3404.15.3-5
Information Media and Telecommunications91.01.360.61.4+3
Financial and Insurance Services232.62.691.02.7+14
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services161.81.7181.82.0-2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services161.86.4222.36.7-7
Administrative and Support Services151.73.3101.03.4+5
Public Administration and Safety9610.97.010811.06.5-12
Education and Training9610.99.2858.78.7+11
Health Care and Social Assistance9510.913.510110.312.5-6
Arts and Recreation Services161.81.6202.11.6-4
Other Services222.54.0293.04.3-7
Total industries876100.0100.0980100.0100.0-104

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 Paroo Shire in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (205 people or 23.3%)
  • Education and Training (96 people or 10.9%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (96 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 396 people in total or 45.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 9.2% in Education and Training and 7.0% in Public Administration and Safety.

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 (23.3% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.3% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.8% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (6.4% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Paroo Shire increased by decreased by -104 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Financial and Insurance Services (+14 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+11 local workers)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+5 local workers)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+3 local workers)

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