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Western Downs Regional Council area

Worker productivity

In Western Downs Regional Council area, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $743,903 per worker in 2017/18.

Worker productivity by industry is calculated by dividing the industry value add by the number of persons employed in that industry. It shows which industries generate the most value add per employee. Some industry sectors, such as retail trade, are not highly productive per worker, but they employ a lot of people. Other industries, such as mining, employ fewer people but generate high levels of productivity. Each plays an important role in the economy.

Worker productivity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (FTE), to see the relative size of employment in each industry, and with Local workers income to see how many local workers are actually each in each industry, and with Sources of income data to see whether employment is the main way income is derived.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
Western Downs Regional Council area - Constant prices2017/182012/13Change
Industry
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$Regional QLD $$Regional QLD $2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing139,510133,488161,675156,069-22,165
Mining743,903385,112121,881233,639+622,022
Manufacturing91,039119,47994,695111,537-3,656
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services254,470328,360255,352257,198-882
Construction260,953102,944248,631133,971+12,322
Wholesale Trade151,367172,629129,479145,245+21,888
Retail Trade61,06757,73657,31355,832+3,755
Accommodation and Food Services57,96447,27452,18450,761+5,780
Transport, Postal and Warehousing104,417108,938113,545123,356-9,128
Information Media and Telecommunications121,448137,05169,272102,894+52,175
Financial and Insurance Services350,718315,207282,386276,519+68,331
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services161,677198,079129,465160,517+32,213
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services98,400107,76687,86096,502+10,540
Administrative and Support Services81,683104,03575,56690,657+6,116
Public Administration and Safety85,973106,05280,51498,567+5,458
Education and Training50,41761,50959,20968,712-8,793
Health Care and Social Assistance66,44770,66157,89763,389+8,550
Arts and Recreation Services39,34560,39737,37256,879+1,973
Other Services50,74160,83957,83461,273-7,094

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

Data are based on a 2016-17 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2017/18
Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: $133,488 Mining, Regional QLD: $385,112 Manufacturing, Regional QLD: $119,479 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: $328,360 Construction, Regional QLD: $102,944 Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: $172,629 Retail Trade, Regional QLD: $57,736 Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: $47,274 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: $108,938 Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: $137,051 Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: $315,207 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: $198,079 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: $107,766 Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: $104,035 Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: $106,052 Education and Training, Regional QLD: $61,509 Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: $70,661 Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: $60,397 Other Services, Regional QLD: $60,839 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: $139,510 Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: $743,903 Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: $91,039 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: $254,470 Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: $260,953 Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: $151,367 Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: $61,067 Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: $57,964 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: $104,417 Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: $121,448 Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: $350,718 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: $161,677 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: $98,400 Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: $81,683 Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: $85,973 Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: $50,417 Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: $66,447 Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: $39,345 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: $50,741
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$22,165 Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$622,022 Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$3,656 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$882 Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$12,322 Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$21,888 Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$3,755 Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$5,780 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$9,128 Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$52,175 Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$68,331 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$32,213 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$10,540 Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$6,116 Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$5,458 Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$8,793 Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$8,550 Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$1,973 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$7,094
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the worker productivity by industry sectors in Western Downs Regional Council area in 2017/18 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($743,903)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($350,718)
  • Construction ($260,953)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Regional QLD were for $385,112 in Mining; $315,207 in Financial and Insurance Services; and $102,944 in Construction.

The major differences between worker productivity by industries in Western Downs Regional Council area and Regional QLD were:

  • Higher worker productivity in Mining ($743,903 compared to $385,112)
  • Higher worker productivity in Construction ($260,953 compared to $102,944)
  • Lower worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($254,470 compared to $328,360)
  • Lower worker productivity in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($161,677 compared to $198,079)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Western Downs Regional Council area increased by $42,314 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Western Downs Regional Council area were for:

  • Mining (+$622,022)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$68,331)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$52,175)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$32,213)

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