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State of the Regions Report 2014-15

The 2014-15 State of the Regions report, produced by National Economics (NIEIR) for the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) provides interesting data and commentary on our Northern Inland region.

As expected, regional employment is dominated by Agriculture.  Employment in Retail Trade now nearly matches agriculture, with Manufacturing, Health Care & Social Assistance, and Education & Training the other dominant industries in terms of employment.

Interestingly, while employment in agriculture has been dropping, employment in manufacturing is reported as increasing from around 4-5,000 in the 1990’s to over 7,000 in 2014.

The report discusses the impacts of the mining boom on regional economies, the need to develop new knowledge-based industries, obstacles to rebuilding our traditional export sectors, and the role of strategically placed public infrastructure investment to revitalise regions.

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