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Employment by industry (Total)

In Toowoomba, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 14,567 local jobs in 2017/18.

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.

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
Toowoomba2017/182012/13Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5,9136.92.94,6205.92.8+1,293
Mining1,9882.32.61,4991.92.9+489
Manufacturing5,9397.06.56,6158.47.7-676
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1131.31.11,1431.51.4-29
Construction6,9168.19.75,9867.69.9+931
Wholesale Trade2,4302.82.52,8173.63.4-387
Retail Trade7,9449.310.28,25310.510.3-309
Accommodation and Food Services5,3166.27.64,5725.87.1+744
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,0244.75.13,5374.55.4+487
Information Media and Telecommunications6070.71.29691.21.4-363
Financial and Insurance Services2,2212.62.52,2572.92.7-36
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2111.41.91,3871.82.0-176
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,5365.36.33,4934.56.6+1,043
Administrative and Support Services2,0572.43.61,8352.33.4+222
Public Administration and Safety5,5616.56.65,2966.86.6+264
Education and Training8,90410.49.98,38310.78.5+521
Health Care and Social Assistance14,56717.113.911,53314.712.2+3,034
Arts and Recreation Services8681.01.78681.11.60
Other Services3,2553.84.03,2804.24.0-26

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. 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

Employment (total) by industry 2017/18
Employment (total) by industry 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.9% Mining, Queensland: 2.6% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.1% Construction, Queensland: 9.7% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.5% Retail Trade, Queensland: 10.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.3% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.6% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.7% Other Services, Queensland: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Toowoomba: 6.9% Mining, Toowoomba: 2.3% Manufacturing, Toowoomba: 7.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Toowoomba: 1.3% Construction, Toowoomba: 8.1% Wholesale Trade, Toowoomba: 2.8% Retail Trade, Toowoomba: 9.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Toowoomba: 6.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Toowoomba: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Toowoomba: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Toowoomba: 2.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Toowoomba: 1.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Toowoomba: 5.3% Administrative and Support Services, Toowoomba: 2.4% Public Administration and Safety, Toowoomba: 6.5% Education and Training, Toowoomba: 10.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Toowoomba: 17.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Toowoomba: 1.0% Other Services, Toowoomba: 3.8%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
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, Toowoomba: +1,293 Mining, Toowoomba: +489 Manufacturing, Toowoomba: -676 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Toowoomba: -29 Construction, Toowoomba: +931 Wholesale Trade, Toowoomba: -387 Retail Trade, Toowoomba: -309 Accommodation and Food Services, Toowoomba: +744 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Toowoomba: +487 Information Media and Telecommunications, Toowoomba: -363 Financial and Insurance Services, Toowoomba: -36 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Toowoomba: -176 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Toowoomba: +1,043 Administrative and Support Services, Toowoomba: +222 Public Administration and Safety, Toowoomba: +264 Education and Training, Toowoomba: +521 Health Care and Social Assistance, Toowoomba: +3,034 Arts and Recreation Services, Toowoomba: 0 Other Services, Toowoomba: -26
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (14,567 people or 17.1%)
  • Education and Training (8,904 people or 10.4%)
  • Retail Trade (7,944 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 31,415 people in total or 36.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.9% in Education and Training; and 10.2% 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 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (6.9% compared to 2.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (17.1% compared to 13.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (8.1% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (6.2% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Toowoomba increased by 7,025 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,034 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+1,293 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,043 local workers)
  • Construction (+931 local workers)

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