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Employment by industry (Total)

In Tablelands, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 1,569 local jobs in 2016/17.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Tablelands. 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 Tablelands 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 Tablelands'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.

NOTE: Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment (total) by industry
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Number%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2011/12 to 2016/17
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,56915.84.81,48313.45.4+86
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1291.31.32262.01.5-96
Wholesale Trade1531.52.53022.73.1-149
Retail Trade1,17311.810.51,33912.111.1-167
Accommodation and Food Services6596.68.27106.48.0-51
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3123.14.64674.24.9-155
Information Media and Telecommunications951.01.31431.31.3-47
Financial and Insurance Services1411.41.91371.21.9+4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1371.42.01371.22.10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3793.84.74714.34.7-93
Administrative and Support Services2973.03.52722.53.3+25
Public Administration and Safety4594.65.76005.45.7-141
Education and Training1,14411.59.21,0719.78.0+73
Health Care and Social Assistance1,31513.213.01,31711.911.3-2
Arts and Recreation Services1801.82.01521.41.8+28
Other Services3803.84.24604.14.1-80

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.

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Change in employment (total) by industry, 2011/12 to 2016/17
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2011/12 to 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Tablelands: +86 Mining, Tablelands: -100 Manufacturing, Tablelands: -2 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Tablelands: -96 Construction, Tablelands: -266 Wholesale Trade, Tablelands: -149 Retail Trade, Tablelands: -167 Accommodation and Food Services, Tablelands: -51 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Tablelands: -155 Information Media and Telecommunications, Tablelands: -47 Financial and Insurance Services, Tablelands: +4 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Tablelands: 0 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Tablelands: -93 Administrative and Support Services, Tablelands: +25 Public Administration and Safety, Tablelands: -141 Education and Training, Tablelands: +73 Health Care and Social Assistance, Tablelands: -2 Arts and Recreation Services, Tablelands: +28 Other Services, Tablelands: -80
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Tablelands in 2016/17 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,569 people or 15.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,315 people or 13.2%)
  • Retail Trade (1,173 people or 11.8%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 4,057 people in total or 40.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 4.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 10.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Tablelands and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.8% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Education and Training (11.5% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (1.4% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (6.7% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Tablelands decreased by 1,132 between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011/12 and 2016/17 in Tablelands were for those employed in:

  • Construction (-266 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-167 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-155 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-149 local workers)