Health sector leads as Sunshine Coast jobs surge

A SURGING health sector led by last year's opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital led job creation on the Sunshine Coast last year, keeping the region's unemployment rate below Brisbane's for the second year in a row.

On Trend data compiled by Conus economist Pete Faulkner shows unemployment on the Sunshine Coast is down to 5 per cent - the level now accepted as full employment, while the jobless figure for Greater Brisbane sits at 5.4 per cent.

However, young people continue to miss out in the Coast's jobs market, with only about 300 of the 13,200 new positions created in 2017 going to workers aged between 15 and 24 and the region's youth unemployment rate remaining stubbornly high at 13 per cent.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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