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Berri Barmera Council area

Location quotient by industry

In 2018/19, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services was a major specialisation in the Berri Barmera Council area 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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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Berri Barmera Council area2018/192013/14Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)%. South Australia%Location Quotien South Australia%. South Australia%Location Quotien South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9.84.02.44114.32.53-0.03
Mining01.30.0001.70.00--
Manufacturing8.98.51.04119.51.20-0.13
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3.71.42.6231.52.36+0.11
Construction6.58.60.7638.20.38+0.98
Wholesale Trade1.63.10.5223.30.70-0.26
Retail Trade12.811.01.161110.81.03+0.12
Accommodation and Food Services6.26.70.9266.40.99-0.07
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.14.50.4634.50.58-0.21
Information Media and Telecommunications1.01.40.7011.70.48+0.46
Financial and Insurance Services1.62.90.5522.90.65-0.15
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.21.20.9811.40.69+0.43
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.15.90.5235.60.51+0.03
Administrative and Support Services3.03.50.8633.50.94-0.09
Public Administration and Safety7.07.30.9677.01.07-0.10
Education and Training8.68.61.0088.30.96+0.04
Health Care and Social Assistance17.714.51.221814.01.27-0.04
Arts and Recreation Services0.61.40.4111.50.67-0.38
Other Services4.64.11.1354.01.20-0.06
Total Industries100.0100.01.00100100.01.00--

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. 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 Berri Barmera Council area in 2018/19 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to South Australia were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (2.6 )
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2.4 )
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1.2 )

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

  • Wholesale Trade (0.5 )
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (0.5 )
  • Arts and Recreation Services (0.4 )

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 Berri Barmera Council area were for these industries:

  • Construction (+1.0)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+0.5)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+0.4)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (-0.4)

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