Sunshine Coast
Employment status

113,932 people living in Sunshine Coast in 2011 were employed, of which 57% worked full time and 41% part time.

Sunshine Coast's employment statistics are an important indicator of socio-economic status. The levels of full or part-time employment, unemployment and labour force participation indicate the strength of the local economy and social characteristics of the population. Employment status is linked to a number of factors including Age Structure, which influences the number of people in the workforce; the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area and; the education and skill base of the population (Occupations, Industries, Qualifications).

Derived from the Census question:

'Last week did the person have a full time or part time job of any kind?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Employment status
Sunshine Coast - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2006 to 2011
Employed
113,93292.594.1100,31094.495.6+13,622
Employed full-time
65,13552.961.058,59155.162.6+6,544
Employed part-time
46,70737.931.239,09436.830.5+7,613
Hours worked not stated
2,0901.71.92,6252.52.5-535
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)
9,2807.55.96,0035.64.4+3,277
Looking for full-time work
5,4034.43.53,5203.32.5+1,883
Looking for part-time work
3,8773.12.32,4832.31.9+1,394

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Labour force status
Sunshine Coast - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)
123,21359.165.0106,31357.663.8+16,900
Not in the labour force
75,52736.229.967,65336.630.1+7,874
Labour force status not stated
9,8244.75.110,7355.86.1-911

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Employment status, 2011
Employment status, 2011 Employed, Greater Brisbane: 94.1% Employed full-time, Greater Brisbane: 61.0% Employed part-time, Greater Brisbane: 31.2% Hours worked not stated, Greater Brisbane: 1.9% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Brisbane: 5.9% Looking for full-time work, Greater Brisbane: 3.5% Looking for part-time work, Greater Brisbane: 2.3% Employed, Sunshine Coast: 92.5% Employed full-time, Sunshine Coast: 52.9% Employed part-time, Sunshine Coast: 37.9% Hours worked not stated, Sunshine Coast: 1.7% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Sunshine Coast: 7.5% Looking for full-time work, Sunshine Coast: 4.4% Looking for part-time work, Sunshine Coast: 3.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Sunshine Coast: +13,622 Employed full-time, Sunshine Coast: +6,544 Employed part-time, Sunshine Coast: +7,613 Hours worked not stated, Sunshine Coast: -535 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Sunshine Coast: +3,277 Looking for full-time work, Sunshine Coast: +1,883 Looking for part-time work, Sunshine Coast: +1,394
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of Sunshine Coast's labour force in 2011 was 123,212, of which 46,707 were employed part-time and 65,135 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in Sunshine Coast in 2011 compared to Greater Brisbane shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 92.5% of the labour force was employed (54.6% of the population aged 15+), and 7.5% unemployed (4.4% of the population aged 15+), compared with 94.1% and 5.9% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

The labour force participation rate refers to the proportion of the population aged 15 years and over that was employed or actively looking for work. "The labour force is a fundamental input to domestic production. Its size and composition are therefore crucial factors in economic growth. From the viewpoint of social development, earnings from paid work are a major influence on levels of economic well-being." (Australian Social Trends 1995).

Analysis of the labour force participation rate of the population in Sunshine Coast in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (59.1%) compared with Greater Brisbane (65.0%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in Sunshine Coast showed an increase of 13,622, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 3,277. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 16,900 or 15.9%.