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South West RED Region

Employment by industry (Total)

In the South West RED Region, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 2,810 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the South West RED Region. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the South West RED Region regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the South West RED Region's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
South West RED Region2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,81019.42.72,92017.82.7-110
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4293.01.25323.21.3-103
Wholesale Trade3622.52.94502.73.2-88
Retail Trade1,0257.110.51,2027.310.3-176
Accommodation and Food Services7715.37.67344.57.2+37
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5613.95.36884.25.3-127
Information Media and Telecommunications1381.01.31230.81.4+15
Financial and Insurance Services1931.32.61971.22.7-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1290.91.71480.92.0-19
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3482.46.43622.26.7-15
Administrative and Support Services2391.73.32481.53.4-10
Public Administration and Safety1,1447.97.01,1907.36.5-46
Education and Training1,1267.89.29946.18.7+132
Health Care and Social Assistance1,58911.013.51,3988.512.5+192
Arts and Recreation Services1110.81.6910.61.6+20
Other Services4553.14.04642.84.3-9
Total industries14,470100.0100.016,382100.0100.0-1,912

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id informed decisions. 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

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the South West RED Region in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,810 people or 19.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,589 people or 11.0%)
  • Construction (1,242 people or 8.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,641 people in total or 39.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.6% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the South West RED Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.4% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (7.6% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.4% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (7.1% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the South West RED Region increased by decreased by -1,912 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+192 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+132 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+37 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+20 local workers)

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