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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 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 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 area2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,8011.93.12,5852.12.8+215
Mining4180.32.64160.32.8+1
Manufacturing7,2945.06.96,7835.47.0+511
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1910.81.21,2221.01.3-31
Construction20,30914.09.715,99712.89.3+4,312
Wholesale Trade3,6342.53.12,9772.43.1+657
Retail Trade16,27711.29.515,06912.110.2+1,208
Accommodation and Food Services12,9288.97.211,3839.17.3+1,545
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,2783.05.13,9573.25.2+321
Information Media and Telecommunications1,7751.21.41,5251.21.4+250
Financial and Insurance Services4,1052.82.63,5882.92.7+517
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,6392.51.93,0202.42.0+619
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9,3366.47.17,2925.86.8+2,044
Administrative and Support Services4,5433.13.34,8463.93.5-303
Public Administration and Safety5,2123.66.84,9023.96.6+310
Education and Training14,72210.29.011,6479.39.1+3,075
Health Care and Social Assistance23,22616.013.819,74915.812.9+3,476
Arts and Recreation Services3,3932.31.72,5442.01.7+849
Other Services5,7384.04.05,5514.44.2+187
Total industries144,819100.0100.0125,055100.0100.0+19,764

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 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 fields accounted for 59,812 people in total or 41.3% 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 Sunshine Coast Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (14.0% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.6% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.3% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.0% compared to 13.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • 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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