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Western Downs Regional Council area

Employment self-sufficiency - Industry

“In 2016, 80.0% of Western Downs Regional Council area’s local workers were residents.

Self-sufficiency measures the proportion of local workers in the local area who also live in the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the level at which the resident workers meet the labour requirements of the local industries or businesses.

Self-sufficiency is likely to be higher for regional areas, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-sufficiency data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Workers place of residence data to see how far workers are travelling to access employment in the area, as well as Worker productivity and Local workers income and Local workers hours worked data to look at the value of local workers contributions. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

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, Western Downs Regional Council area 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.

Employment self-sufficiency by industry
Western Downs Regional Council area20162011Change
IndustryTotal local workersLocal workers residing in Western Downs Regional Council area% industry self- sufficiencyTotal local workersLocal workers residing in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region% industry self- sufficiency2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,7492,53692.32,7282,55093.5-1.2%
Mining1,10743539.31,12667660.0-20.7%
Manufacturing72865189.491883490.8-1.4%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services55434963.041431876.8-13.8%
Construction1,8141,00455.31,6271,14570.4-15.0%
Wholesale Trade43838487.742139593.8-6.2%
Retail Trade1,4141,29491.51,5131,44095.2-3.7%
Accommodation and Food Services92180487.388779689.7-2.5%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing55847084.256751290.3-6.1%
Information Media and Telecommunications575494.75757100.0-5.3%
Financial and Insurance Services17316394.219618795.4-1.2%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services16715492.214814598.0-5.8%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services48641084.448739480.9+3.5%
Administrative and Support Services32626481.022518883.6-2.6%
Public Administration and Safety83074589.873167692.5-2.7%
Education and Training1,1781,11094.21,04198594.6-0.4%
Health Care and Social Assistance1,11599889.51,1771,06290.2-0.7%
Arts and Recreation Services726691.76363100.0-8.3%
Other Services53649592.448946294.5-2.1%
Industry not classified70354277.143637786.5-9.4%

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

Employment self-sufficiency by industry 2016
Employment self-sufficiency by industry 2016 Other Services, % of industry self-sufficiency: 92.4% Arts and Recreation Services, % of industry self-sufficiency: 91.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, % of industry self-sufficiency: 89.5% Education and Training, % of industry self-sufficiency: 94.2% Public Administration and Safety, % of industry self-sufficiency: 89.8% Administrative and Support Services, % of industry self-sufficiency: 81.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, % of industry self-sufficiency: 84.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, % of industry self-sufficiency: 92.2% Financial and Insurance Services, % of industry self-sufficiency: 94.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, % of industry self-sufficiency: 94.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, % of industry self-sufficiency: 84.2% Accommodation and Food Services, % of industry self-sufficiency: 87.3% Retail Trade, % of industry self-sufficiency: 91.5% Wholesale Trade, % of industry self-sufficiency: 87.7% Construction, % of industry self-sufficiency: 55.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, % of industry self-sufficiency: 63.0% Manufacturing, % of industry self-sufficiency: 89.4% Mining, % of industry self-sufficiency: 39.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, % of industry self-sufficiency: 92.3% Other Services, Local workers residing locally: 495 Arts and Recreation Services, Local workers residing locally: 66 Health Care and Social Assistance, Local workers residing locally: 998 Education and Training, Local workers residing locally: 1,110 Public Administration and Safety, Local workers residing locally: 745 Administrative and Support Services, Local workers residing locally: 264 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Local workers residing locally: 410 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Local workers residing locally: 154 Financial and Insurance Services, Local workers residing locally: 163 Information Media and Telecommunications, Local workers residing locally: 54 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Local workers residing locally: 470 Accommodation and Food Services, Local workers residing locally: 804 Retail Trade, Local workers residing locally: 1,294 Wholesale Trade, Local workers residing locally: 384 Construction, Local workers residing locally: 1,004 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Local workers residing locally: 349 Manufacturing, Local workers residing locally: 651 Mining, Local workers residing locally: 435 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Local workers residing locally: 2,536 Other Services, Total local workers: 536 Arts and Recreation Services, Total local workers: 72 Health Care and Social Assistance, Total local workers: 1,115 Education and Training, Total local workers: 1,178 Public Administration and Safety, Total local workers: 830 Administrative and Support Services, Total local workers: 326 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Total local workers: 486 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Total local workers: 167 Financial and Insurance Services, Total local workers: 173 Information Media and Telecommunications, Total local workers: 57 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Total local workers: 558 Accommodation and Food Services, Total local workers: 921 Retail Trade, Total local workers: 1,414 Wholesale Trade, Total local workers: 438 Construction, Total local workers: 1,814 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Total local workers: 554 Manufacturing, Total local workers: 728 Mining, Total local workers: 1,107 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Total local workers: 2,749
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Change in self-sufficiency percentage by industry, 2011 to 2016
Change in self-sufficiency percentage by industry, 2011 to 2016 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -2.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -8.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: -0.7% Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: -0.4% Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: -2.7% Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -2.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +3.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -5.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: -5.3% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -6.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -2.5% Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -3.7% Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -6.2% Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: -15.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -13.8% Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1.4% Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: -20.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.
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