Queensland

This image shows that there were 2,366,100 people employed in Queensland as at November 2015, up 2.4% since 2014 and 5.0% since 2010. 50% of jobs were regional. Employment in Queensland is projected to grow by 7.9% over the next 5 years.
2,366,100
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
2.4 since 2014
5.0 since 2010
Projected to increase by 7.9% over the next 5 years

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)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Queensland workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 25%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 34%. No post-school qualification 36%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profile, Queensland (% of workforce)

Shows age profile of the workforce in Queensland.  15-24 years 17%. 25-34 years 22%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 22%. Aged 55 years and over 17%. National average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Queensland, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Queensland, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Employment by industry, Queensland

Employment by industry, Queensland
  Employ’t Nov 2015 Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2015
Industries '000 % '000 %
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
Construction 204.5 9 -21.0 -9.3
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
Manufacturing 171.4 7 -12.4 -6.7
Mining 61.2 3 9.9 19.2
Other Services 104.2 4 18.2 21.1
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
Retail Trade 249.6 11 -9.0 -3.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 131.6 6 5.0 3.9
Wholesale Trade 68.5 3 -7.0 -9.2

Employment by region, Queensland

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
Regions '000 % '000 % % % '000 %
Greater Brisbane 1,162.3 50 57.9 5.2 29 47 107.6 9.1
Cairns 107.2 5 -11.5 -9.7 31 47 8.4 7.8
Darling Downs - Maranoa 62.5 3 -0.4 -0.6 26 43 1.5 2.3
Fitzroy 113.0 5 10.4 10.1 23 44 5.8 5.1
Gold Coast 304.2 13 41.2 15.7 32 48 35.7 11.4
Mackay 93.1 4 1.3 1.4 26 40 4.1 4.3
Queensland - Outback 46.7 2 6.0 14.9 18 40 0.1 0.2
Sunshine Coast 165.6 7 18.4 12.5 35 47 11.7 6.9
Toowoomba 68.8 3 0.0 0.0 28 49 3.4 4.9
Townsville 108.5 5 -11.5 -9.5 31 48 4.0 3.6
Wide Bay 107.3 5 -6.9 -6.0 36 50 5.3 4.9
Queensland1 2,366.1 100 111.7 5.0 30 47 187.6 7.9
Australia 11,855.8 - 710.1 6.4 31 46 989.7 8.3

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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