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Employment by industry (Total)

In Sunshine Coast, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 25,803 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Sunshine Coast. 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 Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast'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 Coast2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,5142.43.22,7782.12.8+736
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1490.81.21,1890.91.3-40
Wholesale Trade2,7531.93.03,0002.32.9-247
Retail Trade16,01911.09.515,94012.310.3+80
Accommodation and Food Services11,5858.06.912,0189.27.4-434
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,2082.95.14,0723.15.2+136
Information Media and Telecommunications1,6221.11.41,6701.31.4-48
Financial and Insurance Services3,8882.72.93,8573.02.6+30
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,0272.11.93,1872.42.0-161
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9,7726.77.17,8936.16.7+1,879
Administrative and Support Services5,6943.93.25,2684.03.5+426
Public Administration and Safety5,6503.96.74,9673.86.5+683
Education and Training14,56910.09.113,11410.19.5+1,455
Health Care and Social Assistance25,80317.714.421,18416.313.2+4,620
Arts and Recreation Services3,6162.51.72,8732.21.7+742
Other Services5,9634.13.85,8274.54.1+136
Total industries145,487100.0100.0130,115100.0100.0+15,371

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in 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 Sunshine Coast in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (25,803 people or 17.7%)
  • Construction (18,123 people or 12.5%)
  • Retail Trade (16,019 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 59,946 people in total or 41.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.3% in Construction and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.7% compared to 14.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (12.5% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.9% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.3% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Sunshine Coast increased by increased by 15,371 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+4,620 local workers)
  • Construction (+4,252 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,879 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,455 local workers)

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