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Balonne Shire

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

In the Balonne Shire, 25.6% of workers were Managers, compared to 19.9% in Queensland.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the local workers and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the local workers in the Balonne Shire will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the Balonne Shire;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the population.

For a complete local workers analysis for the Balonne Shire, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

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 Balonne Shire 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 occupations
Balonne Shire - All industries 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers54225.612.162326.912.0-81
Professionals26612.519.925411.018.9+12
Technicians and Trades Workers2089.814.223110.014.9-23
Community and Personal Service Workers1979.311.41817.810.0+16
Clerical and Administrative Workers21810.313.72129.214.7+6
Sales Workers1567.49.71436.29.8+13
Machinery Operators And Drivers1708.06.926911.67.3-99
Labourers33215.710.634915.110.6-17
Inadequately described or not stated311.51.6512.21.8-20
Total Persons2,120100.0100.02,313100.0100.0-193

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the All industries workforce in the Balonne Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Managers (542 local workers or 25.6%)
  • Labourers (332 local workers or 15.7%)
  • Professionals (266 local workers or 12.5%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 1,140 people in total or 53.8% of the All industries local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 12.1% as Managers; 10.6% as Labourers and 19.9% as Professionals.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the Balonne Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Managers (25.6% compared to 12.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (12.5% compared to 19.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (15.7% compared to 10.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (9.8% compared to 14.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in the Balonne Shire between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:

  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-99 local workers)
  • Managers (-81 local workers)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (-23 local workers)
  • Inadequately described or not stated (-20 local workers)

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