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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Jobs to workers ratio

The jobs to residents ratio for the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2018/19 was 0.96, meaning that there were less jobs than resident workers. Arts and Recreation Services had the highest ratio (1.80), while the lowest ratio was found in Mining (0.15).

A goal of economic development is often to maximise the employment opportunities locally, leading to a more socially and environmentally sustainable community.

Employment capacity is a simple way of looking at whether the RDA Sunshine Coast Region could theoretically provide jobs for all its residents if they were to choose to work locally.

Employment capacity is simply the number of local jobs in an industry, divided by the number of local residents employed (anywhere) in that industry. A figure over 1.0 means there are more jobs available than residents employed in that industry. Under 1.0 means there are more residents employed than jobs available in that sector.

This is a theoretical exercise as, even if there are enough jobs provided locally, there will always be some people who choose to commute out of the area.

Employment capacity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment self-containment and Residents place of work data, which provides detail about the actual proportion of residents working locally, and Gross Regional Product and Worker productivity data which shows the economic contribution of residents and workers.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment capacity by industry
RDA Sunshine Coast Region2018/192013/14
IndustryLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residentsLocal jobsEmployed residentsRatio of jobs to residents
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4,1963,9471.062,9722,8211.05
Mining4152,8360.155492,9970.18
Manufacturing9,22310,3530.897,9258,8420.90
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,2831,4100.911,5702,2090.71
Construction22,19325,1920.8816,98020,2380.84
Wholesale Trade3,5453,6540.973,7264,2630.87
Retail Trade22,88822,2031.0318,64919,1490.97
Accommodation and Food Services18,75920,1790.9314,56414,8630.98
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,8847,2570.814,6985,6990.82
Information Media and Telecommunications2,0791,7961.161,9112,1000.91
Financial and Insurance Services4,3734,6100.953,9744,3310.92
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,3262,8871.153,7363,9440.95
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11,27612,2660.928,7079,6580.90
Administrative and Support Services6,7016,4721.045,8086,0950.95
Public Administration and Safety7,0389,1800.775,4246,8680.79
Education and Training14,39311,4271.2613,20314,2260.93
Health Care and Social Assistance28,74630,0060.9621,86922,8510.96
Arts and Recreation Services2,9871,6601.802,8492,8541.00
Other Services6,3305,3361.196,5626,8070.96
Total industries175,637182,6720.96145,677160,8130.91

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. Data are based on a 2016-17 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more.

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