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Employment by industry (Total)

In Tablelands, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 1,636 local jobs in 2017/18.

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%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,63615.42.91,44213.42.8+194
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1251.21.11761.61.4-51
Wholesale Trade1501.42.52702.53.4-120
Retail Trade1,34212.710.21,27011.810.3+72
Accommodation and Food Services7577.17.67026.57.1+55
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3383.25.14173.95.4-79
Information Media and Telecommunications880.81.21311.21.4-44
Financial and Insurance Services1221.12.51411.32.7-19
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1271.21.91311.22.0-4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4214.06.34474.16.6-26
Administrative and Support Services3403.23.62612.43.4+79
Public Administration and Safety4774.56.65685.36.6-90
Education and Training1,19211.29.91,0699.98.5+122
Health Care and Social Assistance1,47613.913.91,30612.112.2+170
Arts and Recreation Services1701.61.71511.41.6+19
Other Services4244.04.04464.14.0-23

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.

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Change in employment (total) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Tablelands: +194 Mining, Tablelands: -120 Manufacturing, Tablelands: -59 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Tablelands: -51 Construction, Tablelands: -263 Wholesale Trade, Tablelands: -120 Retail Trade, Tablelands: +72 Accommodation and Food Services, Tablelands: +55 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Tablelands: -79 Information Media and Telecommunications, Tablelands: -44 Financial and Insurance Services, Tablelands: -19 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Tablelands: -4 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Tablelands: -26 Administrative and Support Services, Tablelands: +79 Public Administration and Safety, Tablelands: -90 Education and Training, Tablelands: +122 Health Care and Social Assistance, Tablelands: +170 Arts and Recreation Services, Tablelands: +19 Other Services, Tablelands: -23
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Tablelands in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,636 people or 15.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,476 people or 13.9%)
  • Retail Trade (1,342 people or 12.7%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 4,453 people in total or 42.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.9% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 10.2% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (15.4% compared to 2.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (12.7% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (6.9% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.0% compared to 6.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Tablelands decreased by 186 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Tablelands were for those employed in:

  • Construction (-263 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+194 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+170 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+122 local workers)