The economic structure of local government areas (LGAs) of the Northern Territory (NT) are mapped and analyzed using economic base theory.
Using a three-stage geospatial visualization we find that:
1) Mining and agriculture are predominantly providing job concentration in a handful of remote LGA’s.
2) Employment growth is derived from public services, with private sector industries contributing almost equally in most LGAs.
3) NT LGAs exhibit core-periphery characteristics including vulnerable peripheries, often alongside mature mining operations.
4) However, mature mining is also found alongside diversified sub-cores, providing a model for more vulnerable LGAs.
Blackwell B, Fischer A, McFarlane J & B Dollery (in press) Diversifying Cores but Stagnant Peripheries: Mining and Other Industry Employment Contributions to Development in Local Government Areas of the Northern Territory, Economic Papers 2017.