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Industry sector of employment

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

Rockhampton’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
Rockhampton - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Industry sectorNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7032.04.75171.54.6+186
Mining1,7525.13.51,6174.63.9+135
Manufacturing2,0436.05.52,8258.17.6-782
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9542.81.11,1253.21.2-171
Construction2,4757.29.32,7918.09.7-316
Retail Trade3,64110.610.33,92211.211.3-281
Wholesale trade1,0122.92.31,3533.93.2-341
Accommodation and Food Services2,4737.28.22,4687.07.9+5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,1186.24.52,4507.04.8-332
Information Media and Telecommunications2500.71.01960.61.1+54
Financial and Insurance Services4661.41.95471.62.0-81
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4841.42.04711.31.9+13
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,2303.64.61,2373.54.7-7
Administrative and Support Services9102.73.58072.33.1+103
Public Administration and Safety2,3026.76.02,3536.76.0-51
Education and Training3,3489.88.83,0348.77.7+314
Health Care and Social Assistance5,19315.112.84,85713.811.4+336
Arts and Recreation Services2880.81.61760.51.5+112
Other Services1,5114.44.01,5374.44.0-26
Inadequately described or not stated1,1733.44.37892.22.5+384

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, Rockhampton: 2.0% Mining, Rockhampton: 5.1% Manufacturing, Rockhampton: 6.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Rockhampton: 2.8% Construction, Rockhampton: 7.2% Retail Trade, Rockhampton: 10.6% Wholesale trade, Rockhampton: 2.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Rockhampton: 7.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Rockhampton: 6.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Rockhampton: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Rockhampton: 1.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Rockhampton: 1.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Rockhampton: 3.6% Administrative and Support Services, Rockhampton: 2.7% Public Administration and Safety, Rockhampton: 6.7% Education and Training, Rockhampton: 9.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, Rockhampton: 15.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Rockhampton: 0.8% Other Services, Rockhampton: 4.4%
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, Rockhampton: +186 Mining, Rockhampton: +135 Manufacturing, Rockhampton: -782 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Rockhampton: -171 Construction, Rockhampton: -316 Retail Trade, Rockhampton: -281 Wholesale trade, Rockhampton: -341 Accommodation and Food Services, Rockhampton: +5 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Rockhampton: -332 Information Media and Telecommunications, Rockhampton: +54 Financial and Insurance Services, Rockhampton: -81 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Rockhampton: +13 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Rockhampton: -7 Administrative and Support Services, Rockhampton: +103 Public Administration and Safety, Rockhampton: -51 Education and Training, Rockhampton: +314 Health Care and Social Assistance, Rockhampton: +336 Arts and Recreation Services, Rockhampton: +112 Other Services, Rockhampton: -26
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 Rockhampton in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,193 people or 15.1%)
  • Retail Trade (3,641 people or 10.6%)
  • Education and Training (3,348 people or 9.8%)

In combination, these three industries employed 12,182 people in total or 35.5% 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 8.8% in Education and Training.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (15.1% compared to 12.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in transport, postal and warehousing (6.2% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (2.0% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in construction (7.2% compared to 9.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Rockhampton decreased by 746 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Manufacturing (-782 persons)
  • Wholesale trade (-341 persons)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+336 persons)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-332 persons)

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