RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in the Southern Downs Regional Council area, making up 14.3% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Southern Downs Regional Council area 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area.

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 Southern Downs Regional Council area 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
Southern Downs Regional Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,90214.32.81,97814.22.7-76
Mining690.52.3530.42.6+16
Manufacturing1,2319.26.01,3709.88.4-139
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1050.81.12261.61.2-121
Construction7405.68.97615.59.0-21
Wholesale Trade2221.72.64243.03.6-202
Retail Trade1,54911.69.91,88113.510.7-332
Accommodation and Food Services1,0938.27.41,0847.87.0+9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7645.75.18035.85.2-39
Information Media and Telecommunications990.71.21120.81.2-13
Financial and Insurance Services1661.22.51941.42.7-28
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1461.12.01481.11.8-2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4233.26.24183.06.5+5
Administrative and Support Services2491.93.52031.53.2+46
Public Administration and Safety5744.36.57145.16.7-140
Education and Training1,2449.39.01,1678.47.9+77
Health Care and Social Assistance1,55411.713.01,51710.911.9+37
Arts and Recreation Services1140.91.61050.81.4+9
Other Services5233.93.94793.43.9+44
Industry not classified5534.24.33282.32.4+225
Total persons13,320100.0100.013,958100.0100.0-638

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 Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,902 people or 14.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,554 people or 11.7%)
  • Retail Trade (1,549 people or 11.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,005 people in total or 37.6% 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (14.3% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.6% compared to 8.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (9.2% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.2% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Southern Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Retail Trade (-332 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+225 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-202 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (-140 local workers)

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