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The new data is in, and we can reveal that by 2025-26, a whopping 2.9 million people will be employed in Queensland – that’s an increase of 207,000 workers (7.6%) since 2021-22.

Jobs Queensland is proud to release the latest installment in our Anticipating Future Skills (AFS) flagship project Anticipating Future Skills Series 4: Five-year employment projections to June 2026.

Over 150 industry, regional and government stakeholders attended the Brisbane launch event to hear Jobs Queensland’s labour market experts unpack the data and the impacts for Queensland’s future workforce. Event attendees learnt how to extract tailored reports  at the state-wide, regional, sector and occupational levels. To view highlights from the launch event, click here.

Health Care and Social Assistance once again topped the charts as the sector facing the strongest growth, with statistics showing the sector would employ more than 30% of all new workers by 2025-26 – a growth of 17% since 2021-22.

This is due to the growing ageing population and increased demand for Health Professionals, Careers and Aides, and Health and Welfare Support Workers.

More than 70% of all new jobs in Queensland are projected to be spread across this sector and four others – Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Education and Training, Accommodation and Food Services, and Construction.

In the regions, Wide Bay was projected to experience the fastest growth in employment, driven by jobs growth in Health Care and Social Assistance, Accommodation and Food Services, and Retail Trade.

Following industry consultation earlier in the year, the release of AFS Series 4 saw a suite of updated resources. These resources are readily available and can support you in workforce planning and development, identifying regional and industry jobs growth, and guiding decisions about future careers.

For information at your fingertips, the Statewide Overview is now available, along with a breakdown of data through the Region Profiles and Industry Profiles. You can also discover data specific to you through the Data Portal and Data Explorer.

Explore the data for yourself at



Last updated 22 September 2023