Employment and Industry

Benefits and allowances

As of July 2020, JobSeeker and youth allowance recipients in the Fraser Coast Region sits at 10 699 persons, equivalent to 18.1% of the population aged 15-64. In comparison, Regional Queensland sits at 12.5% and Queensland sits at 11.2%. (Source: data.gov.au)

Businesses by industry

In 2019, the Fraser Coast had 5971 businesses registered within the region. Of those businesses 3542 were non employing and 1605 with less than four employees. In 2019, the top ten industries with the largest cohort of registered businesses are:

Construction – 1205

Rental, hiring and real estate services – 587

Financial and Insurance services – 448

Healthcare and Social Assistance – 445

Professional Scientific and technical services – 430

Retail Trade – 409

Transport, postal and warehousing – 373

Other Services – 324

Manufacturing – 288

Accommodation and Food Services – 283

Employment by industry

In comparison to business registration, the top ten industries with the highest employment are:

Healthcare and Social Assistance – 6278

Retail Trade – 4116

Education and Training – 3391

Construction – 2888

Accommodation and food services – 2789

Manufacturing – 2639

Public Administration and Safety – 2061

Transport, Postal and Warehousing – 1733

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services – 1568

Other Services – 1354

Figure 1: Data Obtained from ABS 2019 & Fraser Coast Regional Council Economic ID Tool, 2018

State comparison

The top five industries with the highest employment numbers were Healthcare and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, Construction, Accommodation and Food Services as well as Manufacturing.

In comparison to Queensland, employment totals were higher in:

Healthcare and Social assistance ranked 4.7% higher for employment numbers,

Retail trade was up 1.4%

Education and training up by 0.60%

Accommodation and food services up by 0.50%

Manufacturing up by 0.70%.

State comparison – continued

Fraser Coast Industry that ranked lower than Queensland employment percentages were:

Construction: Down 1.2%

Public Administration and Safety: Down 1%

Transport, Postal and Warehousing down 0.30%

Professional, scientific and Technical Services down 1.9%

Other services down 0.10%