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Bulloo Shire

Location quotient by industry

In 2018/19, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing was a major specialisation in the Bulloo Shire 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. National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Location quotient
Bulloo Shire - Employment (Total)2018/192013/14Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)%. Queensland%Location Quotient Queensland%. Queensland%Location Quotien Queensland2018/19 - 2013/14
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing23.52.78.6719.42.77.12+0.22
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services0.
Wholesale Trade1.52.90.501.03.20.31+0.63
Retail Trade2.810.
Accommodation and Food Services10.87.61.425.47.20.75+0.90
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.95.30.361.75.30.31+0.15
Information Media and Telecommunications1.01.30.760.61.40.39+0.96
Financial and Insurance Services0.
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.61.70.340.42.00.20+0.66
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.26.40.351.06.70.15+1.28
Administrative and Support Services1.23.30.352.13.40.62-0.43
Public Administration and Safety21.17.02.9913.16.52.01+0.49
Education and Training2.
Health Care and Social Assistance1.413.50.100.812.50.06+0.68
Arts and Recreation Services0.71.60.450.51.60.30+0.49
Other Services0.
Total Industries1001001.00100100+1.000

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id informed decisions. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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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 the Bulloo Shire in 2018/19 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to Queensland were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.7 )
  • Mining (8.4 )
  • Public Administration and Safety (3.0 )

The three industries with the lowest location quotient relative to Queensland were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (0.1 )
  • Manufacturing (0.1 )
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (0.0 )

Emerging groups

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

The largest changes in the employment (total) LQ between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the Bulloo Shire were for these industries:

  • Financial and Insurance Services (+2.7)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1.3)
  • Manufacturing (+1.1)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+1.0)

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