Key Economic Sectors

Employment by Industry

mhac_070803_120807-ltAt the time of the 2016 Census, health care and social assistance was the largest employing industry in the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton Region (which includes Livingstone Shire Council and Rockhampton Regional Council), accounting for 6,949 (4.0 per cent) of the region’s employed workforce (Table 1). Other significant industries included retail trade (10.3 per cent), education and training (10.1 per cent) and construction (8.0 per cent).

Table 1 Employed persons (a)(b) by industry, Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton Region and Queensland, 2016

Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton Region Queensland Region as a proportion of Queensland
number % number % %
Agriculture, forestry and fishing                         1,328 2.7              60,608 2.8 2.2
Mining                         2,658 5.3              49,997 2.3 5.3
Manufacturing                         3,780 7.6            128,787 6.0 2.9
Electricity, gas, water and waste services                         1,296 2.6              23,883 1.1 5.4
Construction                         4,370 8.8            191,338 9.0 2.3
Wholesale trade                         1,728 3.5              56,370 2.6 3.1
Retail trade                         5,425 10.9            211,778 9.9 2.6
Accommodation and food services                         3,596 7.2            156,670 7.3 2.3
Transport, postal and warehousing                         3,077 6.2            108,083 5.1 2.8
Information media and telecommunications                            377 0.8              25,265 1.2 1.5
Financial and insurance services                            847 1.7              54,286 2.5 1.6
Rental, hiring and real estate services                            735 1.5              42,500 2.0 1.7
Professional, scientific and technical services                         1,868 3.8            133,652 6.3 1.4
Administrative and Support Services                         1,183 2.4              75,336 3.5 1.6
Public Administration and Safety                         3,292 6.6            140,164 6.6 2.3
Education and Training                         4,464 9.0            192,143 9.0 2.3
Health Care and Social Assistance                         6,369 12.8            276,945 13.0 2.3
Arts and Recreation Services                            403 0.8              33,667 1.6 1.2
Other Services                         2,099 4.2              83,470 3.9 2.5
Inadequately described/Not stated                         1,135 2.3              91,505 4.3 1.2
Total                       49,740 100.0         2,136,455 100.0 2.3

a) Based on location of workplace for persons aged 15 years and over.
(b) Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016.

Mining experienced the highest percentage growth of employed persons by industry between 2011 and 2016 at 20.7 per cent (Figure 1), followed by administration and support services services (17.8 per cent) and agriculture, forestry and fishing (17.0 per cent). The manufacturing industry experienced the largest decline (-30.9 per cent). Between 2011 and 2016, health and community services had the greatest increase in the number of persons employed of all industries (579 persons), followed by education and training(562 persons). Manufacturing had the largest decrease in persons employed of all industries (–1,166 persons).

Figure 1 Percentage change in employed persons (a)(b) by industry (c), Capricorn Region, 2011 and 2016

(a) Based on place of enumeration.
(b) Aged 15 years and over.
(c) Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition (ABS cat.no. 1292.0).
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016.