In­dus­try’s still strong

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

MORE peo­ple in the Whit­sun­days are work­ing in the ac­com­mo­da­tion in­dus­try, the lat­est data re­leased from the 2016 cen­sus has re­vealed.

The top in­dus­try for em­ploy­ment in the Whit­sun­day Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, 9.7 per cent of em­ploy­ees (1507) re­ported work­ing in the ac­com­mo­da­tion in­dus­try on Au­gust 9, 2016, up from

8.8 per cent (1366) in the 2011 cen­sus.

While that num­ber re­flected a mod­est in­crease in ac­com­mo­da­tion providers across the re­gion in the past five years, Rose Bay Re­sort owner and Bowen Collinsville En­ter­prise chair­man Paul McLaugh­lin said it was the con­tin­u­ing strength of three high-em­ploy­ment in­dus­tries that was im­por­tant for the Whit­sun­days.

“What the statis­tics do show, which I think is very im­por­tant, is that we do have a great di­ver­sity in our re­gion,” he said.

“Tourism, min­ing and agri­cul­ture are our big em­ploy­ers and I think in the Whit­sun­days we are very for­tu­nate to have that. When one in­dus­try does have a bit of a down­turn, we can con­tinue to pros­per in other in­dus­tries.

“We’re very for­tu­nate not to have all our eggs in one basket.”

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