Moreton Bay Region

Employment by industry (Total)

In Moreton Bay Region, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 23,459 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Moreton Bay Region. 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 Moreton Bay Region 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 Moreton Bay Region'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
Moreton Bay Region2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,1452.23.22,6962.12.8+449
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,6211.11.21,1950.91.3+426
Wholesale Trade3,9262.73.03,1752.42.9+750
Retail Trade19,77913.89.519,03514.510.3+744
Accommodation and Food Services9,1826.46.910,7908.27.4-1,608
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,1623.65.14,5053.45.2+657
Information Media and Telecommunications1,2590.91.49550.71.4+305
Financial and Insurance Services3,0692.12.92,2721.72.6+796
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,0242.11.92,4551.92.0+570
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,0284.27.15,8104.46.7+218
Administrative and Support Services4,8603.43.24,5713.53.5+289
Public Administration and Safety5,4083.86.74,8433.76.5+565
Education and Training15,59410.99.114,68511.29.5+909
Health Care and Social Assistance23,45916.414.419,90015.213.2+3,559
Arts and Recreation Services2,6731.91.71,8131.41.7+860
Other Services5,7624.03.86,3294.84.1-567
Total industries143,448100.0100.0130,939100.0100.0+12,509

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 Moreton Bay Region in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (23,459 people or 16.4%)
  • Construction (19,825 people or 13.8%)
  • Retail Trade (19,779 people or 13.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 63,062 people in total or 44.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.3% in Construction and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Moreton Bay Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (13.8% compared to 9.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (13.8% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.8% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.2% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Moreton Bay Region increased by increased by 12,509 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,559 local workers)
  • Construction (+3,556 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+909 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+860 local workers)

Moreton Bay Region

economic profile