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Sunshine Coast Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In Sunshine Coast Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 23,226 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Sunshine Coast Council area. 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 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 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.

NOTE: Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Employment (total) by industry
Sunshine Coast Council area2019/202014/15Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2014/15 to 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,8011.95.42,5852.14.8+215
Mining4180.34.04160.34.3+1
Manufacturing7,2945.06.56,7835.46.6+511
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1910.81.31,2221.01.4-31
Construction20,30914.010.215,99712.810.0+4,312
Wholesale Trade3,6342.52.62,9772.42.7+657
Retail Trade16,27711.210.015,06912.110.7+1,208
Accommodation and Food Services12,9288.98.211,3839.18.3+1,545
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,2783.04.33,9573.24.5+321
Information Media and Telecommunications1,7751.21.21,5251.21.2+250
Financial and Insurance Services4,1052.81.93,5882.91.9+517
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,6392.51.83,0202.42.0+619
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9,3366.45.07,2925.84.9+2,044
Administrative and Support Services4,5433.13.14,8463.93.4-303
Public Administration and Safety5,2123.65.74,9023.95.7+310
Education and Training14,72210.29.011,6479.38.8+3,075
Health Care and Social Assistance23,22616.013.919,74915.812.6+3,476
Arts and Recreation Services3,3932.31.92,5442.01.8+849
Other Services5,7384.04.05,5514.44.4+187

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

Employment (total) by industry 2019/20
Employment (total) by industry 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 5.4% Mining, Regional QLD: 4.0% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 6.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.3% Construction, Regional QLD: 10.2% Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: 2.6% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 10.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 8.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 5.0% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 5.7% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 9.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 13.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.9% Mining, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.3% Manufacturing, Sunshine Coast Council area: 5.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.8% Construction, Sunshine Coast Council area: 14.0% Wholesale Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.5% Retail Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: 11.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 8.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 6.4% Administrative and Support Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.6% Education and Training, Sunshine Coast Council area: 10.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Sunshine Coast Council area: 16.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.3% Other Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 4.0%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2014/15 to 2019/20
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2014/15 to 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Sunshine Coast Council area: +215 Mining, Sunshine Coast Council area: +1 Manufacturing, Sunshine Coast Council area: +511 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: -31 Construction, Sunshine Coast Council area: +4,312 Wholesale Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: +657 Retail Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: +1,208 Accommodation and Food Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +1,545 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Sunshine Coast Council area: +321 Information Media and Telecommunications, Sunshine Coast Council area: +250 Financial and Insurance Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +517 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +619 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +2,044 Administrative and Support Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: -303 Public Administration and Safety, Sunshine Coast Council area: +310 Education and Training, Sunshine Coast Council area: +3,075 Health Care and Social Assistance, Sunshine Coast Council area: +3,476 Arts and Recreation Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +849 Other Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +187
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Sunshine Coast Council area in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (23,226 people or 16.0%)
  • Construction (20,309 people or 14.0%)
  • Retail Trade (16,277 people or 11.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 59,812 people in total or 41.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 13.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.2% in Construction; and 10.0% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Sunshine Coast Council area and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (14.0% compared to 10.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (16.0% compared to 13.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.3% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.9% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Sunshine Coast Council area increased by 19,764 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in Sunshine Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+4,312 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,476 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+3,075 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+2,044 local workers)

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