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Sunshine Coast Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Sunshine Coast Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 25,015 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 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 the Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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
Sunshine Coast Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,7062.52.72,5062.02.7+1,201
Mining3840.32.44680.43.0-84
Manufacturing8,1585.56.96,9845.77.4+1,173
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1470.81.21,4081.21.3-262
Construction19,58213.19.614,55811.99.8+5,024
Wholesale Trade3,0072.02.93,1632.63.2-157
Retail Trade19,09512.810.515,18512.410.3+3,910
Accommodation and Food Services14,3279.67.611,2109.27.2+3,117
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,1793.55.34,0213.35.3+1,158
Information Media and Telecommunications1,8391.21.31,6231.31.4+216
Financial and Insurance Services3,9352.62.63,5132.92.7+422
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,6661.81.72,9722.42.0-305
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9,2916.26.47,1715.96.7+2,120
Administrative and Support Services5,4553.73.34,6633.83.4+792
Public Administration and Safety6,2584.27.04,8163.96.5+1,442
Education and Training12,5558.49.211,2889.28.7+1,267
Health Care and Social Assistance25,01516.713.518,89215.512.5+6,123
Arts and Recreation Services2,5151.71.62,3892.01.6+125
Other Services5,2503.54.05,4444.54.3-193
Total industries149,362100.0100.0122,273100.0100.0+27,089

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 Sunshine Coast Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (25,015 people or 16.7%)
  • Construction (19,582 people or 13.1%)
  • Retail Trade (19,095 people or 12.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 63,691 people in total or 42.6% of the local workers.

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

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (13.1% compared to 9.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.7% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (4.2% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (12.8% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Sunshine Coast Council area increased by increased by 27,089 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+6,123 local workers)
  • Construction (+5,024 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+3,910 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+3,117 local workers)

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