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Employment by industry (Total)

In Whitsunday, Construction is the largest employer, generating 2,644 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Whitsunday. 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 Whitsunday 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 Whitsunday'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%. Queensland2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,5568.03.21,6279.52.8-71
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2081.11.21170.71.3+91
Wholesale Trade2671.43.03061.82.9-39
Retail Trade1,4897.79.51,7039.910.3-214
Accommodation and Food Services2,62013.56.92,73315.97.4-114
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,3607.05.11,3648.05.2-4
Information Media and Telecommunications1911.01.41020.61.4+89
Financial and Insurance Services1560.82.91530.92.6+3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2991.51.92971.72.0+2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6393.37.15353.16.7+104
Administrative and Support Services8484.43.28164.83.5+32
Public Administration and Safety5753.06.75883.46.5-13
Education and Training1,1896.19.11,2137.19.5-24
Health Care and Social Assistance1,9329.914.41,1836.913.2+749
Arts and Recreation Services1300.71.71811.11.7-50
Other Services7203.73.86263.74.1+94
Total industries19,460100.0100.017,151100.0100.0+2,310

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). 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 Whitsunday in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (2,644 people or 13.6%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,620 people or 13.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,932 people or 9.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,195 people in total or 37.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 9.3% in Construction; 6.9% in Accommodation and Food Services and 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (13.5% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (9.5% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.0% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (9.9% compared to 14.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Whitsunday increased by increased by 2,310 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Construction (+948 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+749 local workers)
  • Mining (+734 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+104 local workers)

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