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Location quotient by industry

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In 2016/17, Wholesale Trade was a major specialisation in Tablelands in terms of Total Import.

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.

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Location quotient
Tablelands - Total Import2016/172011/12Change
Industry
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%Regional QLD %Location Quotient (Regional QLD)%Regional QLD %Location Quotient (Regional QLD)2011/12 to 2016/17
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2.02.40.811.42.60.54+0.52
Mining2.05.60.354.05.20.76-0.54
Manufacturing36.134.51.0536.636.90.99+0.05
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2.23.00.731.72.50.68+0.08
Construction0.00.0--0.00.0----
Wholesale Trade7.74.91.586.44.61.39+0.14
Retail Trade1.22.10.561.82.00.91-0.38
Accommodation and Food Services3.13.30.953.42.91.17-0.19
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6.35.41.185.86.00.97+0.21
Information Media and Telecommunications4.74.61.034.54.31.05-0.02
Financial and Insurance Services10.610.41.028.98.91.00+0.02
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.50.70.700.40.60.78-0.11
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7.07.40.957.37.70.960
Administrative and Support Services1.41.50.942.01.71.17-0.20
Public Administration and Safety6.34.91.294.85.40.88+0.45
Education and Training2.12.11.002.32.01.16-0.14
Health Care and Social Assistance3.94.10.955.13.71.36-0.30
Arts and Recreation Services2.31.81.302.71.71.57-0.17
Other Services0.61.40.440.91.40.69-0.37

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. 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

Location quotient by industry sector 2016/17
Location quotient by industry sector 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.81 Mining for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.35 Manufacturing for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 1.05 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.73 Wholesale Trade for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 1.58 Retail Trade for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.56 Accommodation and Food Services for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.95 Transport, Postal and Warehousing for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 1.18 Information Media and Telecommunications for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 1.03 Financial and Insurance Services for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 1.02 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.70 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.95 Administrative and Support Services for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.94 Public Administration and Safety for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 1.29 Education and Training for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 1.00 Health Care and Social Assistance for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.95 Arts and Recreation Services for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 1.30 Other Services for Tablelands relative to Regional QLD location quotient: 0.44
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2011/12 to 2016/17
Change in LQ by industry sector, 2011/12 to 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Change: 0.52 Mining, Change: -0.54 Manufacturing, Change: 0.05 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Change: 0.08 Wholesale Trade, Change: 0.14 Retail Trade, Change: -0.38 Accommodation and Food Services, Change: -0.19 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Change: 0.21 Information Media and Telecommunications, Change: -0.02 Financial and Insurance Services, Change: 0.02 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Change: -0.11 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Change: 0 Administrative and Support Services, Change: -0.20 Public Administration and Safety, Change: 0.45 Education and Training, Change: -0.14 Health Care and Social Assistance, Change: -0.30 Arts and Recreation Services, Change: -0.17 Other Services, Change: -0.37
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

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 total import in Tablelands in 2016/17 shows the three industries with the highest location quotient relative to Regional QLD were:

  • Wholesale Trade (1.6)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (1.3)
  • Public Administration and Safety (1.3)

The three industries with the lowest location quotient relative to Regional QLD were:

  • Construction ()
  • Mining (0.4)
  • Other Services (0.4)

Emerging groups

Changes in location quotients over time reveal emerging or declining industry specialisations.

The largest changes in the total import LQ between 2011/12 and 2016/17 in Tablelands were for these industries:

  • Mining (-0.5)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+0.5)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+0.5)
  • Retail Trade (-0.4)

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