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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 19,360 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 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.

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Employment (total) by industry
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region2018/192015/16Change
Industry
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2015/16 to 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing15,57311.02.713,82510.32.8+1,748
Mining5,7364.12.45,8814.42.7-145
Manufacturing9,8697.06.99,7257.36.9+144
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3,1352.21.22,5731.91.3+562
Construction13,2889.49.611,7368.89.0+1,552
Wholesale Trade3,7322.62.93,9412.92.9-209
Retail Trade12,7889.110.512,7229.510.2+66
Accommodation and Food Services8,2435.87.67,6385.77.4+605
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6,0574.35.36,5264.95.3-468
Information Media and Telecommunications1,0460.71.31,3011.01.4-255
Financial and Insurance Services2,9142.12.62,6442.02.7+270
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,5601.11.71,8351.42.1-275
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5,0873.66.44,9903.76.7+97
Administrative and Support Services2,8462.03.33,3312.53.6-485
Public Administration and Safety8,7526.27.08,5716.46.5+181
Education and Training14,24210.19.213,2569.99.5+986
Health Care and Social Assistance19,36013.713.516,75112.513.2+2,609
Arts and Recreation Services1,6091.11.61,3481.01.7+261
Other Services5,3253.84.05,4484.14.1-123

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

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Employment (total) by industry 2018/19
Employment (total) by industry 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.7% Mining, Queensland: 2.4% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.2% Construction, Queensland: 9.6% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.9% Retail Trade, Queensland: 10.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.4% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 7.0% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.6% Other Services, Queensland: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.0% Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.1% Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.2% Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.4% Wholesale Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.6% Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.1% Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.6% Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.0% Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.2% Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 13.7% Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.1% Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.8%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2015/16 to 2018/19
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2015/16 to 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,748 Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -145 Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +144 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +562 Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,552 Wholesale Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -209 Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +66 Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +605 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -468 Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -255 Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +270 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -275 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +97 Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -485 Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +181 Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +986 Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,609 Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +261 Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -123
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
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 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (19,360 people or 13.7%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15,573 people or 11.0%)
  • Education and Training (14,242 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 49,175 people in total or 34.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 2.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 9.2% 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 (11.0% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Mining (4.1% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.6% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (5.8% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 7,121 between 2015/16 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2015/16 and 2018/19 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,609 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+1,748 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,552 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+986 local workers)

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