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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Industry

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employs more of the Western Downs Regional Council area'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 Western Downs Regional Council area residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in the Western Downs Regional Council area, 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 Western Downs Regional Council area 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
Western Downs Regional Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,78919.32.82,73418.12.6+55
Mining5984.12.38335.52.4-235
Manufacturing7275.06.09166.17.9-189
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4092.81.13402.31.1+69
Construction1,3119.19.01,4689.78.5-157
Wholesale Trade4162.92.64212.83.4-5
Retail Trade1,3359.39.91,4579.710.0-122
Accommodation and Food Services8505.97.38265.56.5+24
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5734.05.16064.04.9-33
Information Media and Telecommunications560.41.2660.41.2-10
Financial and Insurance Services1701.22.51901.32.5-20
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1651.12.01541.01.7+11
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4623.26.34422.96.1+20
Administrative and Support Services3242.23.52291.53.0+95
Public Administration and Safety7975.56.67244.86.3+73
Education and Training1,1788.29.01,0356.97.4+143
Health Care and Social Assistance1,0787.513.01,1277.511.2-49
Arts and Recreation Services710.51.6670.41.3+4
Other Services5193.63.94863.23.6+33
Industry not classified6064.24.34152.82.2+191
Total Persons14,434100.0100.014,536100.0100.0-102

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

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,789 people or 19.3%)
  • Retail Trade (1,335 people or 9.3%)
  • Construction (1,311 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three industries employed 5,435 people in total or 37.7% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 9.9% in Retail Trade and 9.0% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workforce of the Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.3% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (7.5% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.2% compared to 6.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Mining (4.1% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2011 and 2016 in the Western Downs Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Mining (-235 resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (+191 resident workforce)
  • Manufacturing (-189 resident workforce)
  • Construction (-157 resident workforce)

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