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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, making up 15.9% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in RDA Sunshine Coast Region regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the RDA Sunshine Coast Region.

NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
RDA Sunshine Coast Region 20162011Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,5672.02.82,2872.02.7+280
Mining2560.22.33140.32.6-58
Manufacturing6,3674.96.07,6656.68.4-1,298
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0620.81.11,0670.91.2-5
Construction12,1019.28.99,7488.49.0+2,353
Wholesale Trade2,7202.12.63,6503.23.6-930
Retail Trade16,04612.39.916,44314.210.7-397
Accommodation and Food Services13,35010.27.411,84210.27.0+1,508
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,7642.95.13,7303.25.2+34
Information Media and Telecommunications1,3681.01.21,4291.21.2-61
Financial and Insurance Services3,7362.92.53,2782.82.7+458
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,3832.62.02,9852.61.8+398
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,6695.96.26,9376.06.5+732
Administrative and Support Services4,5653.53.53,4533.03.2+1,112
Public Administration and Safety4,9223.86.54,7344.16.7+188
Education and Training12,2879.49.010,0538.77.9+2,234
Health Care and Social Assistance20,86915.913.016,77314.511.9+4,096
Arts and Recreation Services2,6862.11.61,9211.71.4+765
Other Services5,4954.23.94,6954.13.9+800
Industry not classified5,7534.44.32,5912.22.4+3,162

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.8% Mining, Queensland: 2.3% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.1% Construction, Queensland: 8.9% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.6% Retail Trade, Queensland: 9.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.4% 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: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.2% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.5% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.6% Other Services, Queensland: 3.9% Industry not classified, Queensland: 4.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.0% Mining, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.2% Manufacturing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 4.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.8% Construction, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 9.2% Wholesale Trade, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.1% Retail Trade, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 12.3% Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 10.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 5.9% Administrative and Support Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 3.8% Education and Training, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 9.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 15.9% Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.1% Other Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 4.2% Industry not classified, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 4.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +280 Mining, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -58 Manufacturing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -1,298 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -5 Construction, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +2,353 Wholesale Trade, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -930 Retail Trade, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -397 Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +1,508 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +34 Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -61 Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +458 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +398 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +732 Administrative and Support Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +1,112 Public Administration and Safety, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +188 Education and Training, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +2,234 Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +4,096 Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +765 Other Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +800 Industry not classified, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +3,162
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (20,869 local workers 15.9%)
  • Retail Trade (16,046 local workers 12.3%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (13,350 local workers 10.2%)

In combination these three industries employed 50,265 people in total or 38.4% of local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.9% in Retail Trade; and 7.4% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (15.9% compared to 13.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.2% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (12.3% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.8% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+4,096 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+3,162 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,353 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+2,234 local workers)

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