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Noosa Shire Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Noosa Shire Council area, Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer, generating 4,432 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 Noosa Shire 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 the Noosa Shire Council area 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 Noosa Shire Council area'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
Noosa Shire Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4901.92.74662.02.7+24
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1360.51.21610.71.3-25
Wholesale Trade5382.02.95632.43.2-25
Retail Trade3,79414.410.53,46414.810.3+329
Accommodation and Food Services4,43216.97.63,35414.37.2+1,079
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7042.75.36772.95.3+27
Information Media and Telecommunications2410.91.32891.21.4-48
Financial and Insurance Services4381.72.64622.02.7-24
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6602.51.77653.32.0-105
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,9847.66.41,5366.66.7+448
Administrative and Support Services1,2464.73.31,1454.93.4+101
Public Administration and Safety7803.07.06082.66.5+173
Education and Training1,8387.09.21,9148.28.7-76
Health Care and Social Assistance3,73214.213.52,97712.712.5+754
Arts and Recreation Services4721.81.64592.01.6+13
Other Services1,0794.14.01,1184.84.3-38
Total industries26,274100.0100.023,404100.0100.0+2,870

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 Noosa Shire Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (4,432 people or 16.9%)
  • Retail Trade (3,794 people or 14.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,732 people or 14.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 11,958 people in total or 45.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 7.6% in Accommodation and Food Services; 10.5% in Retail Trade and 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Noosa Shire Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (16.9% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.0% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (14.4% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (4.1% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Noosa Shire Council area increased by increased by 2,870 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Accommodation and Food Services (+1,079 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+754 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+448 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+329 local workers)

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