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South West RED Region

Employment by industry (Total)

In South West RED Region, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 2,884 local jobs in 2017/18.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in South West RED Region. 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
South West RED Region2017/182012/13Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,88419.94.93,14820.04.8-264
Mining1,2408.54.11,2527.94.4-12
Manufacturing5914.16.26844.37.0-94
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4092.81.24072.61.4+2
Construction1,0927.510.21,94912.410.9-857
Wholesale Trade3912.72.14913.12.9-99
Retail Trade1,0427.210.51,1607.410.9-118
Accommodation and Food Services7475.18.67384.78.1+9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5653.94.47364.74.6-171
Information Media and Telecommunications1831.31.01350.91.2+48
Financial and Insurance Services1210.81.81631.01.9-42
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1360.91.91801.12.1-44
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2531.74.53352.14.6-82
Administrative and Support Services2571.83.62351.53.3+22
Public Administration and Safety1,1127.75.81,2017.65.7-89
Education and Training1,3639.49.61,0176.58.3+346
Health Care and Social Assistance1,55610.713.81,4179.011.9+138
Arts and Recreation Services1140.81.9850.51.8+29
Other Services4613.24.04412.84.1+20

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, South West RED Region: 19.9% Mining, South West RED Region: 8.5% Manufacturing, South West RED Region: 4.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South West RED Region: 2.8% Construction, South West RED Region: 7.5% Wholesale Trade, South West RED Region: 2.7% Retail Trade, South West RED Region: 7.2% Accommodation and Food Services, South West RED Region: 5.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South West RED Region: 3.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, South West RED Region: 1.3% Financial and Insurance Services, South West RED Region: 0.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South West RED Region: 0.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South West RED Region: 1.7% Administrative and Support Services, South West RED Region: 1.8% Public Administration and Safety, South West RED Region: 7.7% Education and Training, South West RED Region: 9.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, South West RED Region: 10.7% Arts and Recreation Services, South West RED Region: 0.8% Other Services, South West RED Region: 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, South West RED Region: -264 Mining, South West RED Region: -12 Manufacturing, South West RED Region: -94 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South West RED Region: +2 Construction, South West RED Region: -857 Wholesale Trade, South West RED Region: -99 Retail Trade, South West RED Region: -118 Accommodation and Food Services, South West RED Region: +9 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South West RED Region: -171 Information Media and Telecommunications, South West RED Region: +48 Financial and Insurance Services, South West RED Region: -42 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South West RED Region: -44 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South West RED Region: -82 Administrative and Support Services, South West RED Region: +22 Public Administration and Safety, South West RED Region: -89 Education and Training, South West RED Region: +346 Health Care and Social Assistance, South West RED Region: +138 Arts and Recreation Services, South West RED Region: +29 Other Services, South West RED Region: +20
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 South West RED Region in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,884 people or 19.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,556 people or 10.7%)
  • Education and Training (1,363 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 5,803 people in total or 40.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 4.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 9.6% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of South West RED Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.9% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (8.5% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (5.1% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (7.2% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in South West RED Region decreased by 1,257 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in South West RED Region were for those employed in:

  • Construction (-857 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+346 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-264 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-171 local workers)

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