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Employment by industry (Total)

In Toowoomba, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 13,583 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Toowoomba. 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 Toowoomba 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 Toowoomba'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
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5,7246.72.74,5085.82.7+1,217
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0001.21.29611.21.3+39
Wholesale Trade2,5072.92.92,5593.33.2-52
Retail Trade7,9349.310.57,7739.910.3+161
Accommodation and Food Services4,7825.67.64,5045.87.2+278
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,9004.65.33,9135.05.3-13
Information Media and Telecommunications6800.81.31,2971.71.4-617
Financial and Insurance Services2,2942.72.62,1042.72.7+190
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,0621.21.71,3051.72.0-243
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,5114.16.43,3604.36.7+151
Administrative and Support Services1,9232.33.31,9372.53.4-14
Public Administration and Safety5,8046.87.05,6107.26.5+194
Education and Training9,65011.39.27,92710.18.7+1,724
Health Care and Social Assistance13,58315.913.510,93114.012.5+2,652
Arts and Recreation Services1,1941.41.69931.31.6+201
Other Services3,3513.94.03,6064.64.3-255
Total industries85,249100.0100.078,231100.0100.0+7,019

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Toowoomba in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (13,583 people or 15.9%)
  • Education and Training (9,650 people or 11.3%)
  • Retail Trade (7,934 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 31,168 people in total or 36.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.2% in Education and Training and 10.5% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (6.7% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (15.9% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.1% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (11.3% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Toowoomba increased by increased by 7,019 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,652 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,724 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+1,217 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,213 local workers)

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