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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Employment by industry (Total)

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 19,961 local jobs in 2017/18.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the RDA Darling Downs and South West 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region2017/182001/02Change
Industry
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2001/02 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing15,72611.22.917,72916.25.0-2,002
Mining5,0763.62.67810.71.2+4,295
Manufacturing8,9756.46.511,23910.210.3-2,264
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,8802.01.19260.81.0+1,954
Construction12,7679.19.77,4536.87.4+5,313
Wholesale Trade3,6622.62.54,8074.44.4-1,146
Retail Trade13,1249.310.212,24011.212.1+884
Accommodation and Food Services8,7556.27.65,9705.47.6+2,785
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6,1514.45.14,9644.55.2+1,187
Information Media and Telecommunications1,0080.71.21,5481.41.8-541
Financial and Insurance Services2,8352.02.52,3112.12.9+524
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,7631.31.91,2011.12.0+562
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,0234.36.33,5673.35.6+2,456
Administrative and Support Services3,1552.23.61,9451.83.3+1,211
Public Administration and Safety8,3876.06.65,8195.35.9+2,568
Education and Training14,27810.19.99,7108.98.1+4,568
Health Care and Social Assistance19,96114.213.911,66510.610.4+8,295
Arts and Recreation Services1,2530.91.79960.91.6+256
Other Services5,1713.74.04,7914.44.4+380

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, Queensland: 2.9% Mining, Queensland: 2.6% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.1% Construction, Queensland: 9.7% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.5% Retail Trade, Queensland: 10.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.3% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.6% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.7% Other Services, Queensland: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.2% Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.6% Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.0% Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.1% Wholesale Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.6% Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.3% Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.3% Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.2% Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.0% Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 14.2% Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.9% Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.7%
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, 2001/02 to 2017/18
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2001/02 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -2,002 Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,295 Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -2,264 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,954 Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +5,313 Wholesale Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,146 Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +884 Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,785 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,187 Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -541 Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +524 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +562 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,456 Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,211 Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,568 Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,568 Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +8,295 Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +256 Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +380
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (19,961 people or 14.2%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15,726 people or 11.2%)
  • Education and Training (14,278 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 49,965 people in total or 35.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 2.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 9.9% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (11.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.3% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (6.2% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Administrative and Support Services (2.2% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 31,286 between 2001/02 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2001/02 and 2017/18 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+8,295 local workers)
  • Construction (+5,313 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+4,568 local workers)
  • Mining (+4,295 local workers)

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