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Western Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In Western Downs Regional Council area, Construction is the largest employer, generating 3,098 local jobs in 2017/18.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Western 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
Western Downs Regional Council area2017/182012/13Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,01115.34.92,85314.54.8+158
Mining1,7038.64.11,5617.94.4+142
Manufacturing1,0115.16.28974.57.0+114
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1105.61.29294.71.4+181
Construction3,09815.710.24,67223.710.9-1,573
Wholesale Trade4812.42.14912.52.9-10
Retail Trade1,6508.410.51,5087.610.9+142
Accommodation and Food Services1,0675.48.69414.88.1+126
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5582.84.46643.44.6-106
Information Media and Telecommunications830.41.0820.41.2+1
Financial and Insurance Services2221.11.82171.11.9+5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1760.91.92231.12.1-47
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5822.94.55682.94.6+15
Administrative and Support Services3862.03.63041.53.3+83
Public Administration and Safety9104.65.88194.15.7+91
Education and Training1,6348.39.61,1675.98.3+467
Health Care and Social Assistance1,3416.813.81,1946.011.9+147
Arts and Recreation Services910.51.9880.41.8+3
Other Services6303.24.05672.94.1+63

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. 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

Employment (total) by industry 2017/18
Employment (total) by industry 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 4.9% Mining, Regional QLD: 4.1% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 6.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.2% Construction, Regional QLD: 10.2% Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: 2.1% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 10.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 8.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 1.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 4.5% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 5.8% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 9.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 13.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 15.3% Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8.6% Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.6% Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: 15.7% Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.4% Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.9% Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.0% Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.6% Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: 6.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.5% Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.2%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: +158 Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: +142 Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: +114 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +181 Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1,573 Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -10 Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: +142 Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +126 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -106 Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: +1 Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +5 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -47 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +15 Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +83 Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: +91 Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: +467 Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: +147 Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +3 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +63
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Western Downs Regional Council area in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (3,098 people or 15.7%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (3,011 people or 15.3%)
  • Mining (1,703 people or 8.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 7,813 people in total or 39.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 10.2% in Construction; 4.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 4.1% in Mining.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.3% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (15.7% compared to 10.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (8.6% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (6.8% compared to 13.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Western Downs Regional Council area increased by 2 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Western Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Construction (-1,573 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+467 local workers)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+181 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+158 local workers)

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