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Employment by industry (Total)

In Gold Coast City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 38,719 local jobs in 2017/18.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Gold Coast City. 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 Gold Coast City 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 Gold Coast City'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.

NOTE: Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment (total) by industry
Gold Coast City2017/182012/13Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,8530.62.91,2310.52.8+622
Mining1,1610.42.61,4020.62.9-242
Manufacturing20,0666.86.518,8477.77.7+1,220
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,8440.61.11,8700.81.4-26
Construction38,24512.99.723,7149.79.9+14,531
Wholesale Trade6,2162.12.58,4573.43.4-2,241
Retail Trade34,44411.610.230,96312.610.3+3,481
Accommodation and Food Services32,46911.07.626,36410.77.1+6,105
Transport, Postal and Warehousing10,7443.65.18,9383.65.4+1,806
Information Media and Telecommunications4,5921.51.24,6121.91.4-19
Financial and Insurance Services6,2032.12.56,3622.62.7-158
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8,8373.01.97,5553.12.0+1,282
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services17,3795.96.315,4926.36.6+1,887
Administrative and Support Services13,9924.73.610,9014.43.4+3,091
Public Administration and Safety10,9983.76.69,2573.86.6+1,740
Education and Training26,6329.09.920,1068.28.5+6,526
Health Care and Social Assistance38,71913.113.929,86812.212.2+8,850
Arts and Recreation Services9,9073.31.78,9113.61.6+996
Other Services12,0664.14.010,7144.44.0+1,352

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more

Employment (total) by industry 2017/18
Employment (total) by industry 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.9% Mining, Queensland: 2.6% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.1% Construction, Queensland: 9.7% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.5% Retail Trade, Queensland: 10.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.3% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.6% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.7% Other Services, Queensland: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Gold Coast City: 0.6% Mining, Gold Coast City: 0.4% Manufacturing, Gold Coast City: 6.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Gold Coast City: 0.6% Construction, Gold Coast City: 12.9% Wholesale Trade, Gold Coast City: 2.1% Retail Trade, Gold Coast City: 11.6% Accommodation and Food Services, Gold Coast City: 11.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Gold Coast City: 3.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Gold Coast City: 1.5% Financial and Insurance Services, Gold Coast City: 2.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Gold Coast City: 3.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Gold Coast City: 5.9% Administrative and Support Services, Gold Coast City: 4.7% Public Administration and Safety, Gold Coast City: 3.7% Education and Training, Gold Coast City: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Gold Coast City: 13.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Gold Coast City: 3.3% Other Services, Gold Coast City: 4.1%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Gold Coast City: +622 Mining, Gold Coast City: -242 Manufacturing, Gold Coast City: +1,220 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Gold Coast City: -26 Construction, Gold Coast City: +14,531 Wholesale Trade, Gold Coast City: -2,241 Retail Trade, Gold Coast City: +3,481 Accommodation and Food Services, Gold Coast City: +6,105 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Gold Coast City: +1,806 Information Media and Telecommunications, Gold Coast City: -19 Financial and Insurance Services, Gold Coast City: -158 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Gold Coast City: +1,282 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Gold Coast City: +1,887 Administrative and Support Services, Gold Coast City: +3,091 Public Administration and Safety, Gold Coast City: +1,740 Education and Training, Gold Coast City: +6,526 Health Care and Social Assistance, Gold Coast City: +8,850 Arts and Recreation Services, Gold Coast City: +996 Other Services, Gold Coast City: +1,352
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Gold Coast City in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (38,719 people or 13.1%)
  • Construction (38,245 people or 12.9%)
  • Retail Trade (34,444 people or 11.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 111,408 people in total or 37.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Construction; and 10.2% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Gold Coast City and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (11.0% compared to 7.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (12.9% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.7% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.6% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Gold Coast City increased by 50,804 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Gold Coast City were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+14,531 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+8,850 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+6,526 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+6,105 local workers)

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