Resident workers - Industry

Accommodation and Food Services employs more of Whitsunday's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which Whitsunday residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in Whitsunday, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in Whitsunday are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers industry of employment
Whitsunday - Persons 20162011Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,4629.32.81,2887.92.6+174
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1160.71.11430.91.1-27
Wholesale Trade2581.62.63722.33.4-114
Retail Trade1,5039.69.91,5919.810.0-88
Accommodation and Food Services2,48115.87.32,28614.16.5+195
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,2187.85.11,1667.24.9+52
Information Media and Telecommunications850.51.2910.61.2-6
Financial and Insurance Services1360.92.51671.02.5-31
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2611.72.02891.81.7-28
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4813.16.34903.06.1-9
Administrative and Support Services7905.03.55733.53.0+217
Public Administration and Safety5333.46.65303.36.3+3
Education and Training9736.29.07194.47.4+254
Health Care and Social Assistance1,1147.113.01,0386.411.2+76
Arts and Recreation Services1561.01.61350.81.3+21
Other Services5733.73.95433.33.6+30
Industry not classified7204.64.34532.82.2+267
Total Persons15,689100.0100.015,468100.0100.0+221

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in Whitsunday in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,481 people or 15.8%)
  • Retail Trade (1,503 people or 9.6%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,462 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 5,446 people in total or 34.7% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, Queensland employed 7.3% in Accommodation and Food Services; 9.9% in Retail Trade and 2.8% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workforce of Whitsunday and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services (15.8% compared to 7.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (9.3% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (7.1% compared to 13.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Mining (6.5% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2011 and 2016 in Whitsunday were for those employed in:

  • Construction (-393 resident workforce)
  • Manufacturing (-277 resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (+267 resident workforce)
  • Education and Training (+254 resident workforce)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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