6601.3 - Research Paper: Workplace Functions in Regional Labour Markets, Queensland , 1976 to 2001
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Queenslanders, in all regions, are most likely to work in the office
'Office work' was the main employment area for Queenslanders in 2001 employing 670,550 people (43% of employed persons).
'Office workers' have also become more highly educated with 16% of the workforce now having a degree or higher level of education compared to 3% in 1976.
These figures from an Australian Bureau of Statistics research paper published today provide a snapshot of workers in regional Queensland since 1976. In 2001, in all 10 study regions the 'office' was the place where most people worked.
The number of people working in the 'retail/personal services' industry has jumped to 21% of employed persons, up from 12% in 1976.
While the proportion of people working in 'farm/mine' industries fell across all Queensland regions (from 8% in 1976 to 4% in 2001), they were still very significant workplaces for men.
Women in rural areas were more often involved in providing services, often in retail outlets, hospitals or schools. Women working in 'retail/personal services' outside South East Queensland increased threefold to 60,000 jobs from 1976 to 2001.
Other regional results include:
More details are found in Research Paper: Workplace Functions In Regional Labour Markets, Queensland (cat. no. 6601.3).
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