RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Balonne Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Balonne Shire, making up 34.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Balonne Shire regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the Balonne Shire.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Balonne Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Balonne Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing72434.42.887637.92.7-152
Mining30.12.380.32.6-5
Manufacturing341.66.0411.88.4-7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services221.01.1251.11.2-3
Construction1034.98.91054.59.0-2
Wholesale Trade633.02.6693.03.6-6
Retail Trade1909.09.92028.710.7-12
Accommodation and Food Services864.17.4994.37.0-13
Transport, Postal and Warehousing602.95.1893.85.2-29
Information Media and Telecommunications40.21.270.31.2-3
Financial and Insurance Services201.02.5221.02.7-2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services60.32.0140.61.8-8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services371.86.2431.96.5-6
Administrative and Support Services301.43.5271.23.2+3
Public Administration and Safety1185.66.51285.56.7-10
Education and Training1808.69.01777.77.9+3
Health Care and Social Assistance25512.113.02099.011.9+46
Arts and Recreation Services001.680.31.4-8
Other Services803.83.9713.13.9+9
Industry not classified874.14.3873.82.4--
Total persons2,102100.0100.02,312100.0100.0-210

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Balonne Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (724 people or 34.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (255 people or 12.1%)
  • Retail Trade (190 people or 9.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,169 people in total or 55.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.9% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Balonne Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (34.4% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.8% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.6% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.9% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Balonne Shire were for those employed in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-152 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+46 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-29 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (-13 local workers)

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