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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Industry sector of employment

More RDA Darling Downs and South West Region residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2011.

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region’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?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Industry sectorNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing13,35911.54.614,64413.55.8-1,285
Mining2,7512.43.91,0681.02.7+1,683
Manufacturing9,4368.27.610,91610.18.7-1,480
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,4601.31.21,0941.01.0+366
Construction9,1998.09.77,7397.19.9+1,460
Wholesale trade3,9313.43.23,9043.63.4+27
Retail Trade12,52010.811.312,51311.512.1+7
Accommodation and Food Services6,7805.97.95,8735.48.1+907
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,5704.84.84,9824.64.6+588
Information Media and Telecommunications9230.81.19660.91.2-43
Financial and Insurance Services2,5382.22.02,5492.32.1-11
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3191.11.91,3071.22.2+12
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,3363.74.73,5503.34.1+786
Administrative and Support Services2,2441.93.11,8911.72.9+353
Public Administration and Safety7,4036.46.07,2916.76.3+112
Education and Training10,2468.97.79,4258.77.4+822
Health Care and Social Assistance13,80211.911.411,53810.69.6+2,264
Arts and Recreation Services8740.81.57720.71.4+102
Other Services4,2893.74.04,0543.73.7+235
Inadequately described or not stated2,6962.32.52,4982.32.8+198

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Industry sector of employment, 2011
Industry sector of employment, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 4.6% Mining, Regional QLD: 3.9% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 7.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.2% Construction, Regional QLD: 9.7% Wholesale trade, Regional QLD: 3.2% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 11.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 7.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 2.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 4.7% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 6.0% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 7.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 11.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.5% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Regional QLD: 2.5% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.5% Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.4% Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.3% Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.0% Wholesale trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.4% Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.8% Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.7% Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.9% Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.4% Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.9% Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8% Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.7% Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,285 Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,683 Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,480 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +366 Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,460 Wholesale trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +27 Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +7 Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +907 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +588 Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -43 Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -11 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +12 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +786 Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +353 Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +112 Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +822 Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,264 Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +102 Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +235 Inadequately described or not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +198
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (13,802 people or 11.9%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (13,359 people or 11.5%)
  • Retail Trade (12,520 people or 10.8%)

In combination, these three industries employed 39,681 people in total or 34.3% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 11.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 4.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and 11.3% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (11.5% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in accommodation and food services (5.9% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in construction (8.0% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in mining (2.4% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 7,103 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2006 and 2011 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,264 persons)
  • Mining (+1,683 persons)
  • Manufacturing (-1,480 persons)
  • Construction (+1,460 persons)

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