A decade of change in employment in Cairns

Analysing the ABS quarterly data on the industry make-up of employment in the Cairns SA4 region shows us clearly that over the past decade the two big winners have been Health Care and Education. Our biggest loser has been Retail Trade (for more details see our post from last week).

The number employed in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector has increased by more than 5,000 while Education has seen an extra 3,000. Retail Trade as a sector has lost 4,500 over the decade.

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Health Care and Education now rank as the two largest employing industries in the area with Retail Trade dropping down to 3rd place.

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