Queensland

This image shows that there were 2,491,300 people employed in Queensland as at November 2018, up 7.7% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 7.0% over the five years to May 2023.
50% of jobs are regional. 16% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 16% of workers are self-employed. 25% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 34% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 36% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Queensland is the third largest employing state. Around half the jobs are located in Brisbane and a further 13% are in the Gold Coast area. Over the past five years, Queensland employment has grown by 7.7% (or 178,200 new jobs). The Gold Coast region recorded particularly strong employment growth over the past five years, up by 20.8% (or 57,500 new jobs).

Employment has grown across most industries over the past five years, with Health Care and Social Assistance recording the largest rise (up by 54,800), followed by Education and Training (43,600).

Workers in Queensland are less likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification than the national average, but are more likely to have a Certificate III or higher vocational qualification.

While the age profile for Queensland is similar to the national average, some areas have higher shares of young workers (aged 15 to 24 years), including the Gold Coast and Fitzroy regions.

Current conditions (to January 2019)

Labour market conditions have been relatively soft in Queensland over the past year, with employment increasing by just 0.2% (or 5,600). Full-time employment has risen solidly, up by 31,900 (or 1.9%) over the year, while part-time employment has fallen by 26,400 (or 3.4%).

The state’s unemployment rate has declined marginally over the year, to 6.0% in January 2019, although it remains above the national rate of 5.0%. Moreover, the participation rate in Queensland has fallen by 1.1 percentage points over the year to  65.4% in January 2019, below the national rate of 65.7%.

Conditions for youth in Queensland have improved over the year, with youth employment increasing by 6,300 (or 1.6%), while the youth unemployment rate has declined by 0.5 percentage points to 12.8% in January 2019, although it remains above the national rate of 11.5%.

Outlook

The short-term outlook for the Queensland economy is relatively positive. The Queensland Treasury has forecast employment growth of 1¾% in 2019-20, while the unemployment rate is expected to be 6% in the June quarter 2020. Over the five years to May 2023, employment in Queensland is projected to increase by 7.0% (similar to the growth projected nationally).

Top employing industries

Top employing industries
Employ’t Nov 2018  Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2018
Industries  '000 %  '000 %
Health Care and Social Assistance 333.7 13 54.8 19.6
Retail Trade 254.7 10 -14.5 -5.4
Construction 234.0 9 8.0 3.5
Education and Training 213.0 9 43.6 25.7
Accommodation and Food Services 191.1 8 39.5 26.0
Manufacturing 182.2 7 2.7 1.5
Public Administration and Safety 172.6 7 20.2 13.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 167.3 7 1.9 1.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 139.7 6 11.6 9.1
Other Services 95.3 4 -4.9 -4.9
Administrative and Support Services 84.7 3 1.7 2.0
Wholesale Trade 75.2 3 1.8 2.4
Mining 65.8 3 -11.7 -15.1
Financial and Insurance Services 65.8 3 11.6 21.4
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 65.1 3 7.5 13.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 43.7 2 -4.6 -9.6
Arts and Recreation Services 42.2 2 2.1 5.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 33.9 1 0.6 1.8
Information Media and Telecommunications 30.8 1 -0.1 -0.3

Employment by region, Queensland

Employment by region, Queensland
Employment Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile Projected Employment
Employ’t Nov 2018  5 year change
to Nov 2018
Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual 5 year change to May 2023
Region ‘000 ‘000 % % % % % % % % %
Greater Brisbane 1,250.3 117.1 10.3 30 48 17 17 31 33 32 7.4
Cairns 115.4 -0.1 -0.1 34 49 16 24 11 37 45 5.8
Darling Downs - Maranoa 64.1 -3.1 -4.5 30 45 17 25 18 38 38 3.4
Fitzroy 112.1 1.5 1.4 29 48 18 18 14 39 45 3.0
Gold Coast 334.2 57.5 20.8 34 47 18 19 21 36 39 10.9
Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday 96.3 -2.8 -2.9 24 44 16 16 13 37 44 6.5
Queensland - Outback 32.3 -11.6 -26.4 20 42 14 24 12 29 38 0.6
Sunshine Coast 178.2 21.4 13.6 38 49 16 19 26 41 28 9.2
Toowoomba 77.0 7.2 10.3 34 50 16 21 28 28 40 8.0
Townsville 108.1 -6.7 -5.8 32 49 16 22 17 30 45 3.3
Wide Bay 112.1 0.5 0.5 32 45 13 28 18 39 37 1.4
Queensland1 2,491.3 178.2 7.7 31 48 16 19 25 34 36 7.0
Australia 12,694.8 1,242.5 10.8 32 47 15 19 32 31 32 7.1

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 Jobs and Small Business, Employment Projections; Queensland Treasury

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