Rockhampton Regional Council

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Rockhampton Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Rockhampton Regional Council area, making up 16.6% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Rockhampton Regional Council area regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across Rockhampton Regional Council area.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

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, Rockhampton 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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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Rockhampton Regional Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6431.82.85011.42.7+142
Mining5311.52.33881.02.6+143
Manufacturing2,0015.56.02,9157.98.4-914
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1733.21.11,2223.31.2-49
Construction2,3576.48.92,4046.59.0-47
Wholesale Trade1,1383.12.61,4573.93.6-319
Retail Trade4,25411.69.94,45612.010.7-202
Accommodation and Food Services2,6167.27.42,5566.97.0+60
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,3876.55.12,6267.15.2-239
Information Media and Telecommunications2950.81.23250.91.2-30
Financial and Insurance Services5831.62.57272.02.7-144
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5361.52.05501.51.8-14
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,3993.86.21,4353.96.5-36
Administrative and Support Services8792.43.57622.13.2+117
Public Administration and Safety2,5366.96.52,7527.46.7-216
Education and Training3,92510.79.03,6379.87.9+288
Health Care and Social Assistance6,07316.613.05,63015.211.9+443
Arts and Recreation Services3270.91.62780.71.4+49
Other Services1,6874.63.91,6554.53.9+32
Industry not classified1,2313.44.38362.32.4+395
Total persons36,571100.0100.037,111100.0100.0-540

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Rockhampton Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (6,073 people or 16.6%)
  • Retail Trade (4,254 people or 11.6%)
  • Education and Training (3,925 people or 10.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 14,252 people in total or 39.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.9% in Retail Trade and 9.0% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Rockhampton Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.6% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (6.4% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.8% compared to 6.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (3.2% compared to 1.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Rockhampton Regional Council area were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-914 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+443 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+395 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-319 local workers)

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