Queensland is a relatively large employing state, accounting for one in every five working Australians (almost 2.4 million). This state has a regionally diverse employment profile, however, 50% of jobs are in Brisbane and another 13% are in the closely located Gold Coast area.
Over the five years to November 2015, state employment rose by 5.0% (or 111,700), slightly below the national average growth rate (6.4%). Female employment rose by 72,100 or 6.9%, exceeding that for males, up by 39,600 or 3.3%. Over the five years to November 2020, state employment is expected to increase by 7.9%.
The largest employing industries are Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade and Construction, which together account for one third of state employment.
Over the past five years, there has been jobs growth in 10 of the 19 industries. The largest numbers of new jobs were created in Health Care and Social Assistance (up by 61,000 or 24.0%) and Education and Training (37,600 or 22.7%). Significant employment falls were recorded in Construction (down by 21,000 or 9.3%), Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (18,700 or 24.2%) and Manufacturing (12,400 or 6.7%).
Around 27% of national Mining employment is in Queensland, although this industry accounts for just 3% of state jobs and there have been significant job losses over the past few years (down by 18,200 or 23.0% over the two years to November 2015).
Workers in this state are less likely to have post-school qualifications than those in other states (36% do not have post-school qualifications compared with 32% nationally). Relatively few hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification (25% compared with 31% nationally).
Workers aged 15 to 24 years have a higher share of jobs in Queensland than they have in any other state or territory. They account for 17% of state employment but comprise larger shares in Townsville and Toowoomba (19% and 18%, respectively).
Educational attainment, Queensland (% of workforce)
Age profile, Queensland (% of workforce)
Employment projections by region, Queensland, five years to November 2020 (% change)
Employment by industry, Queensland
|Employ’t Nov 2015||Share of total||5 year change to Nov 2015|
|Accommodation and Food Services||167.1||7||-0.6||-0.3|
|Administrative and Support Services||85.7||4||4.6||5.7|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||58.5||2||-18.7||-24.2|
|Arts and Recreation Services||38.6||2||1.9||5.2|
|Education and Training||203.2||9||37.6||22.7|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||29.4||1||-1.0||-3.2|
|Financial and Insurance Services||66.0||3||16.3||32.9|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||315.0||13||61.0||24.0|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||32.5||1||-0.4||-1.2|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||180.5||8||35.0||24.1|
|Public Administration and Safety||146.7||6||6.2||4.4|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||51.1||2||-3.8||-7.0|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||131.6||6||5.0||3.9|
Employment by region, Queensland
|Employment||Employment Profile||Projected Employment|
|Employ’t Nov 2015||Share of state total||5 year change to Nov 2015||Part-time||Female||5 year change to Nov 2020|
|Darling Downs - Maranoa||62.5||3||-0.4||-0.6||26||43||1.5||2.3|
|Queensland - Outback||46.7||2||6.0||14.9||18||40||0.1||0.2|
1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Regional Employment Projections
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