Employment by industry (Census)

Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer in Whitsunday, making up 18.6% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Whitsunday regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across Whitsunday.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,4988.82.61,4949.92.8+4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1360.81.21060.71.1+30
Wholesale Trade2901.72.32391.62.6+51
Retail Trade1,5008.89.31,50510.09.9-5
Accommodation and Food Services3,17018.67.22,59417.27.4+576
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1836.94.71,1837.85.1--
Information Media and Telecommunications580.30.9710.51.2-13
Financial and Insurance Services1290.82.51330.92.5-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2691.61.82631.72.0+6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4972.96.74152.76.2+82
Administrative and Support Services7164.23.46764.53.5+40
Public Administration and Safety6193.66.15283.56.5+91
Education and Training1,0406.18.99756.59.0+65
Health Care and Social Assistance1,4178.315.41,0947.213.0+323
Arts and Recreation Services1390.81.51521.01.6-13
Other Services6353.73.95423.63.9+93
Industry not classified7354.34.56664.44.3+69
Total persons17,052100.0100.015,100100.0100.0+1,952

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Whitsunday in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (3,170 people or 18.6%)
  • Retail Trade (1,500 people or 8.8%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,498 people or 8.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 6,168 people in total or 36.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 7.2% in Accommodation and Food Services; 9.3% in Retail Trade and 2.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

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 (18.6% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (8.3% compared to 15.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (8.8% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (6.2% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Whitsunday were for those employed in:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (+576 local workers)
  • Construction (+347 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+323 local workers)
  • Mining (+214 local workers)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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