RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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Sunshine Coast Council area

Characteristics of the unemployed

7.1% of the resident workforce of the Sunshine Coast Council area were unemployed in 2016, compared to 7.6% in Queensland.

The local unemployed resident includes all people who are residents in the local area who are looking for part-time or full-time work. This is an important resource for the local economy, their characteristics inform us about the skills that are available locally, even if they are not currently employed in the local economy.

For an overview of unemployment levels and trends in the Sunshine Coast Council area go to the Unemployment page.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2011 – by usual residence

Current area:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers key statistics
Sunshine Coast Council area20162011change
Namenumber%. % Queenslandnumber%. % Queensland2011 to 2016
Key statistics
Total persons9,981100.0100.08,615100.0100.0+1,366
Males5,16351.753.64,54052.753.0+623
Females4,81448.246.44,07447.347.0+740
Unemployment rate--7.17.6--7.093.9+0.1%
Age structure
15 - 24 years3,46134.735.62,97834.62.4+483
25 - 54 years4,75947.750.84,47251.93.4+287
55 - 64 years1,51815.211.91,03812.00.6+480
65 years and over2502.51.71371.60.1+113
Looking for
Full-time work5,45954.760.15,17360.04.0+286
Part-time work4,52145.339.93,43839.92.4+1,083
Qualifications
Bachelor or higher degree1,25412.613.78149.40.7+440
Advanced diploma or diploma9299.38.16687.80.4+261
Certificate level2,70027.124.62,26226.31.4+438
No qualifications4,82748.450.44,51352.43.6+314
Highest level of schooling
Year 125,27652.954.34,12247.83.1+1,154
Year 111,26712.711.51,11312.90.8+154
Under Year 103,30833.132.23,21737.32.4+91
Education institute attending
Not Attending7,30173.173.86,65177.25.0+650
University1,06110.610.37108.20.6+351
TAFE4965.05.33403.90.3+156
Other1851.92.31521.80.1+33
Secondary school8498.57.16147.10.4+235
Field of qualification
Natural and Physical Sciences981.01.4730.80.1+25
Information Technology1511.51.91151.30.1+36
Engineering and Related Technologies7777.88.35115.90.4+266
Architecture and Building3843.82.95466.30.2-162
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1521.51.21561.80.1-4
Health4254.33.12623.00.2+163
Education2662.71.92382.80.1+28
Management and Commerce1,09210.911.87799.00.6+313
Society and Culture7937.97.34975.80.4+296
Creative Arts3033.02.42152.50.1+88
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4304.34.14184.90.2+12
Mixed Field Programmes210.20.2100.10.0+11
Other characteristics
Speaks a language other than English at home6576.617.44685.40.9+189
Arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 20165025.08.6--------
Has internet access at home8,91189.385.67,35185.35.2+1,560
Has child care responsibilities (own or others)2,87528.829.62,75231.92.0+123

RDA Sunshine Coast Region

economic profile