South East Queensland

Employment by industry (Total)

In the South East Queensland, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 344,881 local jobs in 2022/23.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the South East Queensland. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the South East Queensland regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the South East Queensland's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
South East Queensland2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing25,2291.22.422,4781.22.6+2,750
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services23,7841.11.320,8981.11.3+2,886
Wholesale Trade54,9072.62.553,0432.92.7+1,865
Retail Trade190,9289.19.1180,9669.99.9+9,962
Accommodation and Food Services141,0746.86.9127,8567.07.2+13,218
Transport, Postal and Warehousing113,1695.45.4102,2285.65.5+10,940
Information Media and Telecommunications25,0431.21.028,2981.61.3-3,255
Financial and Insurance Services67,9793.32.754,5823.02.5+13,396
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services37,3981.81.737,8122.11.9-413
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services180,3798.67.4138,8847.66.6+41,495
Administrative and Support Services70,3033.43.364,6283.53.4+5,675
Public Administration and Safety131,1986.36.6117,9556.56.7+13,244
Education and Training196,3729.49.2169,5559.39.2+26,817
Health Care and Social Assistance344,88116.516.2262,28914.414.1+82,592
Arts and Recreation Services37,7851.81.734,3201.91.7+3,465
Other Services81,9183.94.173,3914.04.1+8,526
Total industries2,087,337100.0100.01,822,859100.0100.0+264,478

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the South East Queensland in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (344,881 people or 16.5%)
  • Construction (207,596 people or 9.9%)
  • Education and Training (196,372 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 748,849 people in total or 35.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 16.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Construction and 9.2% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the South East Queensland and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (1.0% compared to 2.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (8.6% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.2% compared to 2.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (3.3% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the South East Queensland increased by 264,478 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+82,592 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+41,495 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+26,817 local workers)
  • Construction (+24,293 local workers)

South East Queensland

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