Quarterly updates provided from analysis and statistical information can assist you with your career research and preparation.

Employment General

  •  The jobs market in Queensland remains extremely weak with employment rising a meagre 0.6% over the past twelve months to September 2013.
  • Just 14,340 jobs were created in Queensland compared with 141,730 across the nation.
  •  The unemployment rate has risen to 5.9% from 5.6% in the previous year.

Industry Employment

  • Over the year, industry demand for workers was concentrated in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; Other Services; Mining; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Wholesale and Retail Trade.
  • A number of factors including drought in regional Queensland and public sector rationalisation have resulted in significant job losses in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Health Care and Social Assistance; Financial and Insurance Services; Arts and Recreation Services; Manufacturing; Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.

Industry Employment


  • In Queensland, employment opportunities for Machinery Operators and Drivers; Community and Personal Service Workers; and Technicians and Trades Workers were plentiful.
  • The opposite was evident for Managers with over 20,000 jobs disappearing for this occupational group. Shrinking employment was also recorded for Professionals; Labourers and Clerical and Administrative Workers.

Occupation Employment


Average weekly earnings

  • At the national level, Mining remained the highest paying industry as measured by average weekly earnings.  Mining also had the strongest absolute increase in average weekly earnings over the past year. The increase was slightly stronger than the average of the past 5 years.
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (11th highest average weekly earnings) recorded the weakest rise in average weekly earnings over the year ($12) followed by Arts and Recreation Services ($16) and Manufacturing ($18).




    Average Weekly Earnings