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Location quotient by industry

In 2017/18, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing was a major specialisation in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in terms of Employment (Total).

The location quotient is a simple way of seeing which are the main industries in an area, relative to the wider region. LQ shows the percentage of the local economy characteristic (eg. employment, value add) in a particular industry divided by the percentage of the wider area (region, state, nation) that this industry makes up.

  • Where LQ=1, that industry is exactly as prevalent as in the wider region.
  • A LQ greater than 1.2 indicates a significant specialisation of the industry in the local area – possibly a key economic strength. Higher numbers mean greater specialisations. Anything over 2 is a major specialisation.
  • A LQ between 0.8 and 1.2 means the industry is broadly similar in importance in the local area compared to the comparison region and could be seen as representative.
  • An LQ under 0.8 indicates an industry which is more important in the region than the local area, and may represent an economic weakness or opportunity for growth.

LQs should be analysed in combination with the proportional economic share that industry represents. For example, an industry with an LQ of 2 reveals a specialisation but if that industry only represents 3% of the local economy, it may not be significant. Compare with the figures on the Employment by industry (Total), Employment by industry (FTE), Value added pages for this context.

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Location quotient
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Employment (Total)2017/182012/13Change
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%RDA Darling Downs and South West Region %Location Quotient (RDA Darling Downs and South West Region)%RDA Darling Downs and South West Region %Location Quotient (RDA Darling Downs and South West Region)2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing11.211.21.0010.510.51.000
Mining3.63.61.003.43.41.000
Manufacturing6.46.41.007.37.31.000
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2.02.01.002.12.11.000
Construction9.19.11.0010.510.51.000
Wholesale Trade2.62.61.003.33.31.000
Retail Trade9.39.31.0010.010.01.000
Accommodation and Food Services6.26.21.005.85.81.000
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.44.41.004.54.51.000
Information Media and Telecommunications0.70.71.001.01.01.000
Financial and Insurance Services2.02.01.002.22.21.000
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.31.31.001.61.61.000
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.34.31.003.83.81.000
Administrative and Support Services2.22.21.002.02.01.000
Public Administration and Safety6.06.01.006.16.11.000
Education and Training10.110.11.009.19.11.000
Health Care and Social Assistance14.214.21.0012.112.11.000
Arts and Recreation Services0.90.91.000.90.91.000
Other Services3.73.71.003.83.81.000

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

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Location quotient is the percentage of total in the area relative to the same percentage in the selected benchmark area.

Location quotient by industry sector 2017/18
Location quotient by industry sector 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Mining for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Manufacturing for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Construction for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Wholesale Trade for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Retail Trade for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Accommodation and Food Services for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Transport, Postal and Warehousing for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Information Media and Telecommunications for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Financial and Insurance Services for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Administrative and Support Services for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Public Administration and Safety for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Education and Training for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Health Care and Social Assistance for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Arts and Recreation Services for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00 Other Services for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region location quotient: 1.00
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Change: 0 Mining, Change: 0 Manufacturing, Change: 0 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Change: 0 Construction, Change: 0 Wholesale Trade, Change: 0 Retail Trade, Change: 0 Accommodation and Food Services, Change: 0 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Change: 0 Information Media and Telecommunications, Change: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, Change: 0 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Change: 0 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Change: 0 Administrative and Support Services, Change: 0 Public Administration and Safety, Change: 0 Education and Training, Change: 0 Health Care and Social Assistance, Change: 0 Arts and Recreation Services, Change: 0 Other Services, Change: 0
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

A location quotient of greater than 1.2 is generally considered a level of industry specialisation, while a LQ of 0.8 or less indicates an industry which doesn’t have a major presence in the area.

An analysis of employment (Total) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2017/18 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.0)
  • Mining (1.0)
  • Manufacturing (1.0)

The three industries with the lowest location quotient relative to RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.0)
  • Mining (1.0)
  • Manufacturing (1.0)

Emerging groups

Changes in location quotients over time reveal emerging or declining industry specialisations.

There were no major changes in the value added by industries between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

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