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Industry sector of employment

More Cairns residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2016.

Cairns’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.

Derived from the two Census questions:

'What best describes the business of your employer?' and 'What are the main goods produced or main services provided by your employers business?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
Cairns - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Industry sectorNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1761.64.78171.24.6+359
Mining1,0451.43.59981.43.9+47
Manufacturing2,6983.75.53,4965.07.6-798
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6660.91.17911.11.2-125
Construction5,8998.19.36,0918.89.7-192
Retail Trade7,68510.610.38,20411.811.3-519
Wholesale trade1,7062.42.32,1543.13.2-448
Accommodation and Food Services7,26810.08.26,6619.67.9+607
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,5906.34.54,7056.84.8-115
Information Media and Telecommunications5850.81.05400.81.1+45
Financial and Insurance Services1,0871.51.91,0581.52.0+29
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4582.02.01,4782.11.9-20
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,3874.74.63,4515.04.7-64
Administrative and Support Services3,0984.33.52,5593.73.1+539
Public Administration and Safety5,7948.06.05,7748.36.0+20
Education and Training6,5009.08.85,5498.07.7+951
Health Care and Social Assistance10,44614.412.88,84712.811.4+1,599
Arts and Recreation Services1,4362.01.61,3451.91.5+91
Other Services3,0474.24.02,9324.24.0+115
Inadequately described or not stated2,8283.94.31,8052.62.5+1,023

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Industry sector of employment, 2016
Industry sector of employment, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 4.7% Mining, Regional QLD: 3.5% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 5.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.1% Construction, Regional QLD: 9.3% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 10.3% Wholesale trade, Regional QLD: 2.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 8.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 4.6% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 6.0% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 8.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 12.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.6% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 1.6% Mining, Cairns: 1.4% Manufacturing, Cairns: 3.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 0.9% Construction, Cairns: 8.1% Retail Trade, Cairns: 10.6% Wholesale trade, Cairns: 2.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 10.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 6.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 1.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 4.7% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 4.3% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 8.0% Education and Training, Cairns: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 14.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 2.0% Other Services, Cairns: 4.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in industry sector of employment, 2011 to 2016
Change in industry sector of employment, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +359 Mining, Cairns: +47 Manufacturing, Cairns: -798 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: -125 Construction, Cairns: -192 Retail Trade, Cairns: -519 Wholesale trade, Cairns: -448 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +607 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -115 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +45 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +29 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: -20 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: -64 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +539 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +20 Education and Training, Cairns: +951 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +1,599 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +91 Other Services, Cairns: +115
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,446 people or 14.4%)
  • Retail Trade (7,685 people or 10.6%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (7,268 people or 10.0%)

In combination, these three industries employed 25,399 people in total or 35.1% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 12.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Retail Trade; and 8.2% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Cairns and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in public administration and safety (8.0% compared to 6.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in transport, postal and warehousing (6.3% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (1.6% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in mining (1.4% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Cairns increased by 3,144 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,599 persons)
  • Education and Training (+951 persons)
  • Manufacturing (-798 persons)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+607 persons)

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