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Sunshine Coast Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Sunshine Coast Council area, making up 16.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Sunshine Coast Council area regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the Sunshine Coast Council area.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Sunshine Coast Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Sunshine Coast Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,3242.12.82,0152.12.7+309
Mining2300.22.32740.32.6-44
Manufacturing5,6685.16.06,6526.98.4-984
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9490.91.19321.01.2+17
Construction10,4209.48.98,0978.49.0+2,323
Wholesale Trade2,2992.12.63,0553.23.6-756
Retail Trade13,15511.99.913,21613.810.7-61
Accommodation and Food Services10,3009.37.49,0999.57.0+1,201
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,2863.05.13,2443.45.2+42
Information Media and Telecommunications1,2111.11.21,2211.31.2-10
Financial and Insurance Services3,3523.02.52,8293.02.7+523
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,7082.42.02,3322.41.8+376
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,3455.76.25,6155.96.5+730
Administrative and Support Services3,7493.43.52,7032.83.2+1,046
Public Administration and Safety4,3423.96.54,1764.46.7+166
Education and Training10,6619.69.08,3798.77.9+2,282
Health Care and Social Assistance18,20716.413.014,33715.011.9+3,870
Arts and Recreation Services2,2692.01.61,6281.71.4+641
Other Services4,5604.13.93,9064.13.9+654
Industry not classified4,8124.34.32,1162.22.4+2,696
Total persons110,847100.0100.095,834100.0100.0+15,013

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Sunshine Coast Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (18,207 people or 16.4%)
  • Retail Trade (13,155 people or 11.9%)
  • Education and Training (10,661 people or 9.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 42,023 people in total or 37.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.9% in Retail Trade and 9.0% in Education and Training.

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 Health Care and Social Assistance (16.4% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.9% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (3.0% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.2% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Sunshine Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,870 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+2,696 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,323 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+2,282 local workers)

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