ABA quarterly data from August 2012 indicate that around 147 600 were used within the Darling Downs – South West statistical region. This area extends beyond the Darling Downs for the south Australian Border in the south west including towns such as Quilpie, Cunnamulla, Charleville, St George and Roma. This larger regional group is the sole one for which present employment data are available for the Darling Downs.
The Darling Downs – South West statistical area accounts for 6% of the total employment in Queensland and 25% of all individuals employed within the Queensland agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector.
Health Care and Social Assistance (21 800 people) is the biggest sector when it comes to employment followed by agriculture, fisheries and forestry (16 100 people) (fig.3). The following three largest employment sectors are retail trade (15 500 people), education and training (14 100 people) and building (9100 people) Altogether, these five sectors use over half (55%) of all people which work within the area.