RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Western Downs Regional Council area

Local workers - Key statistics - All industries

In the Western Downs Regional Council area 59.0% of the local workers (All industries) are males and 41.0% are female.

The local workers is made up of all the people who are employed in the local area, regardless of where they live. Local workers statistics reveal how the characteristics of the local workers in the Western Downs Regional Council area vary between each industry sector and indicates specific industry sector local workers requirements and employment opportunities.

Access the detailed tables for further exploration of each characteristic.

NOTE: All tables in the workers section are based on Census employment data which differ from the NIEIR employment estimates. See data notes for more details.

Data source

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, the 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.
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Local workers key statistics - All industries
Western Downs Regional Council area20162011change
Namenumber%. Queenslandnumber%. Queensland2011 to 2016
Local workers
Total local workers (Census)16,244100.0100.015,559100.0100.0+685
Males9,58459.051.89,00257.953.0+582
Females6,65541.048.26,55142.147.0+104
Age structure
15 - 24 years2,25913.915.62,35715.116.5-98
25 - 54 years10,29163.465.69,89563.666.4+396
55 - 64 years2,60316.014.82,39815.414.0+205
65 years and over1,0966.74.09075.83.1+189
Top three industries
Agriculture, forestry and fishing2,76317.02.82,75417.72.7+9
Construction1,82811.38.91,67710.89.0+151
Retail trade1,4238.89.91,5299.810.7-106
Top three occupations
Technicians and trades workers3,02518.614.22,50616.114.9+519
Managers3,02318.612.13,22720.712.0-204
Labourers2,04312.610.62,04613.110.6-3
Hours worked
Full time11,00867.862.310,70668.863.0+302
Part time4,88630.135.94,43528.533.3+451
Qualifications
Bachelor or higher degree2,38014.725.11,92412.421.5+456
Advanced diploma or diploma1,5519.510.91,0867.09.3+465
Certificate level5,23632.226.34,30227.624.7+934
No qualifications6,52840.235.07,65149.240.6-1,123
Individual Income
Less than $5002,98818.417.7--00--
$500 -$1,7499,52658.664.0--00--
$1,750 or more3,41321.016.7--00--
Method of Travel to Work
Car10,43864.369.610,10064.967.5+338
Public Transport3442.16.92221.47.5+122
Bicycle1260.81.01230.81.1+3
Walked only1,0506.53.31,0987.13.7-48
Other Characteristics
Born overseas1,83311.325.71,3598.723.7+474
Speaks a language other than English at home7834.812.34703.09.6+313
Arrived between 2011 and 9th August 20164522.84.7--00--

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