Queensland

This image shows that there were 2,459,900 people employed in Queensland as at November 2017, up 4.8% since November 2016 and 7.6% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 7.6% over the five years to May 2022.
51% of jobs are regional (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
47% of workers are female (up 2 percentage point over 5 years).
65% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 6 percentage points over 5 years).
32% of jobs are part-time (up 3 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 40 years (no change over 5 years).

Top 5 industries

Top 5 industries
  Employ’t Nov 2017 Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2017
Industries '000 % '000 %
Health Care and Social Assistance 341.3 14 60.1 21.4
Retail Trade 258.8 11 14.1 5.8
Construction 243.9 10 19.2 8.6
Education and Training 197.1 8 19.7 11.1
Accommodation and Food Services 187.2 8 23.8 14.6

Queensland is the third largest employing state. Around half of the jobs are in Brisbane and a further 13% are in the closely located Gold Coast area. Over the past five years, employment in the state rose by 7.6% (or 173,100), slightly below the national average. During this period, Health Care and Social Assistance provided the largest number of new jobs, followed by Accommodation and Food Services. Employment fell in five of the 19 industries, with the largest fall in Mining (down by 15,100). Around 26% of total Mining employment is in Queensland, although this industry accounts for just 2% of employment across the state.

Workers in Queensland are slightly less likely to have post-school qualifications than those in other states. Compared with workers nationally, relatively few have a bachelor degree or higher but a large share hold a certificate III or higher vocational qualification.

A higher proportion of Queensland workers are aged 15 to 24 years, with particularly large shares in Townsville (18%) and Toowoomba (17%).

Did you know?
Queenslanders are the Australians most likely to work from home

Educational attainment, Queensland (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Queensland workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 25%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 34%. Other qualification 6%. No post-school qualification 35%.

Age profile, Queensland (%)

Shows the age profile of the Queensland workforce. 16% aged 15 to 24 years. 22% aged 25 to 34 years. 22% aged 35 to 44 years. 21% aged 45 to 54 years. 19% aged 55 years or older.

Current conditions (to January 2018)

Labour market conditions improved in Queensland, with employment increasing by 117,900 over the year to January 2018. The increase was driven, principally, by a rise in full-time employment, up by 91,600 over the year, while part-time employment also increased (up by 26,300). The state’s unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage points over the year, to 6.1% in January 2018, although it remains above the national rate (5.5%). Moreover, the participation rate in Queensland rose by 2.0 percentage points over the year, to 66.3% in January 2018, to stand at just above the national rate of 65.6%.

Conditions for youth in Queensland also improved over the year, with youth employment up by 19,600 (or 5.1%), while the youth unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage points to 13.3%.

Outlook

The short-term outlook for the Queensland economy is reasonably positive. The Queensland Treasury has forecast employment growth of 1½% in 2018-19, while the unemployment rate is forecast to be 6% in the June quarter 2019. Over the five years to May 2022, Queensland employment is projected to increase by 7.6% (similar to the growth projected nationally).

Employment by region, Queensland

Employment by region, Queensland
  Employment Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile Projected Employment
  Employ’t Nov 2017 5 year change
to Nov 2017
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 2022
Region ‘000 ‘000 % % % % % % % % %
Greater Brisbane 1,214.4 87.6 7.8 31 48 16 17 30 31 33 8.3
Cairns 117.2 3.5 3.1 31 47 13 22 20 37 36 5.0
Darling Downs - Maranoa 60.7 -2.5 -3.9 31 44 15 26 14 34 44 3.1
Fitzroy 106.5 -5.2 -4.7 27 45 16 19 16 37 41 5.7
Gold Coast 317.3 40.9 14.8 34 48 15 19 23 36 35 12.3
Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday 96.0 -1.9 -1.9 28 43 14 19 15 39 39 4.8
Queensland - Outback 31.4 -11.1 -26.0 24 44 14 21 15 35 42 0.5
Sunshine Coast 172.1 22.0 14.6 37 48 14 22 22 38 33 8.3
Toowoomba 76.1 5.0 7.0 28 48 17 20 23 35 36 6.0
Townsville 104.1 -9.1 -8.0 32 48 18 19 20 35 39 2.7
Wide Bay 111.9 -7.6 -6.4 34 46 14 25 15 37 40 5.8
Queensland1 2,459.9 173.1 7.6 32 47 16 19 25 34 35 7.6
Australia 12,380.1 970.7 8.5 32 47 14 19 30 31 33 7.8

1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Regional Employment Projections; Queensland Treasury

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