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 26,488 local jobs in 2019/20.

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 Region2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,1221.83.12,9982.02.8+125
Mining4610.32.64730.32.8-12
Manufacturing8,1944.86.97,6885.27.0+506
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,3030.81.21,3600.91.3-57
Construction23,25213.79.718,58812.59.3+4,663
Wholesale Trade4,3112.53.13,5372.43.1+774
Retail Trade19,37511.59.518,49412.410.2+880
Accommodation and Food Services16,5759.87.214,80710.07.3+1,768
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,7802.85.14,6043.15.2+176
Information Media and Telecommunications2,0111.21.41,7761.21.4+235
Financial and Insurance Services4,5612.72.64,0442.72.7+517
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4,4642.61.93,7952.62.0+669
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11,1326.67.18,8586.06.8+2,274
Administrative and Support Services5,5243.33.36,0284.13.5-504
Public Administration and Safety5,8863.56.85,5573.76.6+330
Education and Training16,89310.09.013,5889.19.1+3,304
Health Care and Social Assistance26,48815.713.822,82115.312.9+3,668
Arts and Recreation Services3,9922.41.73,0292.01.7+963
Other Services6,7804.04.06,7004.54.2+80
Total industries169,104100.0100.0148,745100.0100.0+20,359

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (26,488 people or 15.7%)
  • Construction (23,252 people or 13.7%)
  • Retail Trade (19,375 people or 11.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 69,115 people in total or 40.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Construction and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

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 (13.7% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.5% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (9.8% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.3% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region increased by increased by 20,359 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Construction (+4,663 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,668 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+3,304 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+2,274 local workers)

RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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