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Employment by industry (Total)

In Gold Coast City, Retail Trade is the largest employer, generating 40,111 local jobs in 2018/19.

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.

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
Gold Coast City2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,3540.42.71,2420.52.7+112
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,4730.81.21,8050.71.3+668
Wholesale Trade8,2702.72.98,2823.33.2-12
Retail Trade40,11113.210.531,91912.610.3+8,191
Accommodation and Food Services32,53710.77.626,74710.67.2+5,790
Transport, Postal and Warehousing12,0033.95.39,3093.75.3+2,694
Information Media and Telecommunications4,6001.51.34,6401.81.4-39
Financial and Insurance Services6,9792.32.66,2252.52.7+754
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services7,6382.51.77,7493.12.0-111
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services17,5365.86.415,9196.36.7+1,617
Administrative and Support Services13,0524.33.311,5604.63.4+1,492
Public Administration and Safety11,2083.77.09,2763.76.5+1,932
Education and Training26,5828.79.221,1448.48.7+5,439
Health Care and Social Assistance39,02912.813.531,42812.412.5+7,601
Arts and Recreation Services10,0193.31.68,8953.51.6+1,124
Other Services12,6524.24.011,9254.74.3+728
Total industries304,441100.0100.0253,049100.0100.0+51,392

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in 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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Gold Coast City in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Retail Trade (40,111 people or 13.2%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (39,029 people or 12.8%)
  • Construction (34,890 people or 11.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 114,029 people in total or 37.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 10.5% in Retail Trade; 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.6% in Construction.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.7% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (10.7% compared to 7.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (13.2% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.4% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Gold Coast City increased by increased by 51,392 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Construction (+10,249 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+8,191 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+7,601 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+5,790 local workers)

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