Sunshine Coast

Resident workers - Industry

Health Care and Social Assistance employs more of Sunshine Coast's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which Sunshine Coast residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in Sunshine Coast, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in Sunshine Coast are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

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

Current benchmark:
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Resident workers industry of employment
Sunshine Coast - Persons 20162011Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,2991.82.81,9971.72.6+302
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,2441.01.11,1841.01.1+60
Wholesale Trade2,7292.12.63,6633.23.4-934
Retail Trade14,17610.99.914,38712.610.0-211
Accommodation and Food Services10,9298.47.39,6558.46.5+1,274
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,3983.45.14,3443.84.9+54
Information Media and Telecommunications1,3991.11.21,3931.21.2+6
Financial and Insurance Services3,5622.72.53,1432.72.5+419
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,9262.32.02,5952.31.7+331
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,2785.66.36,6695.86.1+609
Administrative and Support Services4,9953.93.53,7893.33.0+1,206
Public Administration and Safety5,4794.26.65,1554.56.3+324
Education and Training11,6319.09.09,4298.27.4+2,202
Health Care and Social Assistance19,40615.013.015,46713.511.2+3,939
Arts and Recreation Services2,4041.91.61,7781.61.3+626
Other Services5,1344.03.94,4753.93.6+659
Industry not classified5,7304.44.32,5872.32.2+3,143
Total Persons129,632100.0100.0114,316100.0100.0+15,316

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in Sunshine Coast in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (19,406 people or 15.0%)
  • Construction (15,762 people or 12.2%)
  • Retail Trade (14,176 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three industries employed 49,344 people in total or 38.1% of the total resident workforce.

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

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workforce of Sunshine Coast and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Construction (12.2% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Public Administration and Safety (4.2% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (15.0% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing (3.4% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2011 and 2016 in Sunshine Coast were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,939 resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (+3,143 resident workforce)
  • Construction (+2,311 resident workforce)
  • Education and Training (+2,202 resident workforce)

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