RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, making up 13.2% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing12,93011.12.813,05411.42.7-124
Mining3,1442.72.33,0422.72.6+102
Manufacturing7,2686.26.09,4698.28.4-2,201
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,8451.61.11,6661.51.2+179
Construction8,4837.38.97,8236.89.0+660
Wholesale Trade3,2602.82.63,9293.43.6-669
Retail Trade11,3619.89.912,83511.210.7-1,474
Accommodation and Food Services7,2346.27.46,9936.17.0+241
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,9624.35.15,3114.65.2-349
Information Media and Telecommunications7360.61.29200.81.2-184
Financial and Insurance Services2,4542.12.52,6192.32.7-165
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,5211.32.01,3201.21.8+201
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,4793.96.24,2973.76.5+182
Administrative and Support Services2,3942.13.51,9381.73.2+456
Public Administration and Safety7,3656.36.57,3856.46.7-20
Education and Training11,60710.09.010,2468.97.9+1,361
Health Care and Social Assistance15,31313.213.014,14812.311.9+1,165
Arts and Recreation Services9010.81.68690.81.4+32
Other Services4,5383.93.94,2353.73.9+303
Industry not classified4,5223.94.32,6362.32.4+1,886
Total persons116,330100.0100.0114,781100.0100.0+1,549

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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (15,313 people or 13.2%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (12,930 people or 11.1%)
  • Education and Training (11,607 people or 10.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 39,850 people in total or 34.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 2.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and 9.0% 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 the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (11.1% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.9% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (7.3% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Administrative and Support Services (2.1% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-2,201 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+1,886 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-1,474 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,361 local workers)

RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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