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Bulloo Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Mining is the largest employer in the Bulloo Shire, making up 23.2% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Bulloo 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 Bulloo 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 Bulloo 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
Bulloo Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5318.62.89727.92.7-44
Mining6623.22.3236.62.6+43
Manufacturing006.051.48.4-5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services72.51.151.41.2+2
Construction217.48.9308.69.0-9
Wholesale Trade002.682.33.6-8
Retail Trade93.29.9216.010.7-12
Accommodation and Food Services3010.57.4174.97.0+13
Transport, Postal and Warehousing113.95.1174.95.2-6
Information Media and Telecommunications001.2001.2--
Financial and Insurance Services002.510.32.7-1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services002.010.31.8-1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services006.220.66.5-2
Administrative and Support Services31.13.541.13.2-1
Public Administration and Safety6121.46.54713.56.7+14
Education and Training93.29.0205.77.9-11
Health Care and Social Assistance41.413.0246.911.9-20
Arts and Recreation Services001.610.31.4-1
Other Services003.951.43.9-5
Industry not classified113.94.392.62.4+2
Total persons285100.0100.0348100.0100.0-63

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 Bulloo Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Mining (66 people or 23.2%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (61 people or 21.4%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (53 people or 18.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 180 people in total or 63.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.3% in Mining; 6.5% in Public Administration and Safety and 2.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (23.2% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (18.6% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (21.4% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (1.4% compared to 13.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-44 local workers)
  • Mining (+43 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (-20 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+14 local workers)

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