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
|Employment (total) by industry|
|Western Downs Regional Council area||2017/18||2012/13||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Regional QLD%||Number||%||Regional QLD%||2012/13 to 2017/18|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||3,011||15.3||4.9||2,853||14.5||4.8||+158||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||1,110||5.6||1.2||929||4.7||1.4||+181||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||1,067||5.4||8.6||941||4.8||8.1||+126||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||558||2.8||4.4||664||3.4||4.6||-106||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||83||0.4||1.0||82||0.4||1.2||+1||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||222||1.1||1.8||217||1.1||1.9||+5||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||176||0.9||1.9||223||1.1||2.1||-47||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||582||2.9||4.5||568||2.9||4.6||+15||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||386||2.0||3.6||304||1.5||3.3||+83||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||910||4.6||5.8||819||4.1||5.7||+91||24400||P|
|Education and Training||1,634||8.3||9.6||1,167||5.9||8.3||+467||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||1,341||6.8||13.8||1,194||6.0||11.9||+147||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||91||0.5||1.9||88||0.4||1.8||+3||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more
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%)
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)