RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Industry

Health Care and Social Assistance employs more of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers industry of employment
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons 20162011Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing13,38211.52.813,34311.02.6+39
Mining2,3422.02.32,7572.32.4-415
Manufacturing7,3676.36.09,4357.87.9-2,068
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,6011.41.11,4451.21.1+156
Construction9,4898.19.09,1927.68.5+297
Wholesale Trade3,2502.82.63,9473.33.4-697
Retail Trade11,1179.59.912,51810.310.0-1,401
Accommodation and Food Services7,0206.07.36,8185.66.5+202
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,0844.45.15,5704.64.9-486
Information Media and Telecommunications7280.61.29170.81.2-189
Financial and Insurance Services2,3822.02.52,5212.12.5-139
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,5071.32.01,3371.11.7+170
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,4843.86.34,3363.66.1+148
Administrative and Support Services2,6822.33.52,2401.93.0+442
Public Administration and Safety7,4446.46.67,3836.16.3+61
Education and Training11,4269.89.010,2568.57.4+1,170
Health Care and Social Assistance14,89712.813.013,81711.411.2+1,080
Arts and Recreation Services9490.81.68540.71.3+95
Other Services4,5703.93.94,2963.53.6+274
Industry not classified4,5713.94.32,6822.22.2+1,889
Total Persons116,292100.0100.0115,664100.0100.0+628

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

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (14,897 people or 12.8%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (13,382 people or 11.5%)
  • Education and Training (11,426 people or 9.8%)

In combination these three industries employed 39,705 people in total or 34.1% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, the Queensland workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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 the resident workforce of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Queensland workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (11.5% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.8% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services (6.0% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Administrative and Support Services (2.3% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Manufacturing (-2,068 resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (+1,889 resident workforce)
  • Retail Trade (-1,401 resident workforce)
  • Education and Training (+1,170 resident workforce)

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