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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Industry

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employs more of 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 Western Downs Regional Council area residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in 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 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.

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 20162011Change
Industry
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Number%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,78919.34.72,73418.84.6+55
Mining5984.13.58335.73.9-235
Manufacturing7275.05.59166.37.6-189
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4092.81.13402.31.2+69
Construction1,3119.19.31,46810.19.7-157
Wholesale Trade4162.92.34212.93.2-5
Retail Trade1,3359.210.31,45710.011.3-122
Accommodation and Food Services8505.98.28265.77.9+24
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5734.04.56064.24.8-33
Information Media and Telecommunications560.41.0660.51.1-10
Financial and Insurance Services1701.21.91901.32.0-20
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1651.12.01541.11.9+11
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4623.24.64423.04.7+20
Administrative and Support Services3242.23.52291.63.1+95
Public Administration and Safety7975.56.07245.06.0+73
Education and Training1,1788.28.81,0357.17.7+143
Health Care and Social Assistance1,0787.512.81,1277.811.4-49
Arts and Recreation Services710.51.6670.51.5+4
Other Services5193.64.04863.34.0+33
Industry not classified6064.24.34152.92.5+191

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers industry of employment, 2016
Resident workers industry of employment, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 4.7% Mining, Regional QLD: 3.5% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 5.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.1% Construction, Regional QLD: 9.3% Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: 2.3% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 10.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 8.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 4.6% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 6.0% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 8.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 12.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.6% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Industry not classified, Regional QLD: 4.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 19.3% Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.1% Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.8% Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: 9.1% Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.9% Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 9.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.2% Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.2% Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.5% Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: 7.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.5% Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.6% Industry not classified, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers industry of employment, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers industry of employment, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: +55 Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: -235 Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -189 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +69 Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: -157 Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -5 Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -122 Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +24 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -33 Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: -10 Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -20 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +11 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +20 Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +95 Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: +73 Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: +143 Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: -49 Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +4 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +33 Industry not classified, Western Downs Regional Council area: +191
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in 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 9.2%)
  • 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, Regional QLD employed 4.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 10.3% in Retail Trade; and 9.3% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.3% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (2.8% compared to 1.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (7.5% compared to 12.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services (5.9% compared to 8.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2011 and 2016 in 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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