RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Employment by industry (Total)

In the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 28,746 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the RDA Sunshine Coast 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast 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
RDA Sunshine Coast Region2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4,1962.42.72,9722.02.7+1,224
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,2830.71.21,5701.11.3-287
Wholesale Trade3,5452.02.93,7262.63.2-182
Retail Trade22,88813.010.518,64912.810.3+4,239
Accommodation and Food Services18,75910.77.614,56410.07.2+4,195
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,8843.35.34,6983.25.3+1,185
Information Media and Telecommunications2,0791.21.31,9111.31.4+168
Financial and Insurance Services4,3732.52.63,9742.72.7+398
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,3261.91.73,7362.62.0-410
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11,2766.46.48,7076.06.7+2,569
Administrative and Support Services6,7013.83.35,8084.03.4+893
Public Administration and Safety7,0384.07.05,4243.76.5+1,614
Education and Training14,3938.29.213,2039.18.7+1,191
Health Care and Social Assistance28,74616.413.521,86915.012.5+6,877
Arts and Recreation Services2,9871.71.62,8492.01.6+138
Other Services6,3303.64.06,5624.54.3-232
Total industries175,637100.0100.0145,677100.0100.0+29,960

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (28,746 people or 16.4%)
  • Retail Trade (22,888 people or 13.0%)
  • Construction (22,193 people or 12.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 73,828 people in total or 42.0% of the local workers.

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

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 the field of Construction (12.6% compared to 9.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (10.7% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (4.0% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.4% compared to 13.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region increased by increased by 29,960 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+6,877 local workers)
  • Construction (+5,213 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+4,239 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+4,195 local workers)

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