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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 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. RDA Sunshine Coast Region is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for the RDA Sunshine Coast Region.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
RDA Sunshine Coast Region 2016
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,5672.02.8
Mining2560.22.3
Manufacturing6,3674.96.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0620.81.1
Construction12,1019.28.9
Wholesale Trade2,7202.12.6
Retail Trade16,04612.39.9
Accommodation and Food Services13,35010.27.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,7642.95.1
Information Media and Telecommunications1,3681.01.2
Financial and Insurance Services3,7362.92.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,3832.62.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,6695.96.2
Administrative and Support Services4,5653.53.5
Public Administration and Safety4,9223.86.5
Education and Training12,2879.49.0
Health Care and Social Assistance20,86915.913.0
Arts and Recreation Services2,6862.11.6
Other Services5,4954.23.9
Industry not classified5,7534.44.3

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.

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%)

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