RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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South West RED Region

Resident workers - Industry

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employs more of the South West RED 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 South West RED Region residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in the South West RED 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 South West RED 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
South West RED Region - Persons 20162011Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,77723.22.83,02722.72.6-250
Mining2892.42.34723.52.4-183
Manufacturing4023.46.05354.07.9-133
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1921.61.11721.31.1+20
Construction7646.49.09817.38.5-217
Wholesale Trade3242.72.63652.73.4-41
Retail Trade9608.09.91,1508.610.0-190
Accommodation and Food Services5904.97.36665.06.5-76
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5084.35.16144.64.9-106
Information Media and Telecommunications460.41.2570.41.2-11
Financial and Insurance Services1141.02.51421.12.5-28
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1151.02.01210.91.7-6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2372.06.32622.06.1-25
Administrative and Support Services2171.83.51651.23.0+52
Public Administration and Safety1,0969.26.61,0928.26.3+4
Education and Training7676.49.08716.57.4-104
Health Care and Social Assistance1,29410.813.01,33610.011.2-42
Arts and Recreation Services670.61.6470.41.3+20
Other Services3903.33.93953.03.6-5
Industry not classified5664.74.34273.22.2+139
Total Persons11,715100.0100.012,897100.0100.0-1,182

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 South West RED Region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,777 people or 23.2%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,294 people or 10.8%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (1,096 people or 9.2%)

In combination these three industries employed 5,167 people in total or 43.2% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 6.6% in Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workforce of the South West RED Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (23.2% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.0% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Manufacturing (3.4% compared to 6.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Public Administration and Safety (9.2% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-250 resident workforce)
  • Construction (-217 resident workforce)
  • Retail Trade (-190 resident workforce)
  • Mining (-183 resident workforce)

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