“Coming in second nationally will be the construction sector … here in Queensland, the second-most-significant sector will be in education and training.”
Across south-east Queensland, outside the city CBD, 1.6 million workers were in the top five sectors: healthcare and social assistance, retail, education and training, construction and food services.
Ms Meulman said those figures were “key” for lawmakers and planning experts when establishing the region’s future.
The data showed Brisbane’s CBD hosted only about 8 per cent of all of south-east Queensland’s jobs, or 13.5 per cent if the inner suburbs such as Fortitude Valley were included.
“Between 2006 and 2016, the inner-city area comprised only about 34,000 new jobs – or putting it another way, about nine out of 10 jobs created in that 10-year period were elsewhere in south-east Queensland,” Ms Meulman said.
Those jobs were more likely to be in sectors such as mining, public administration, finance, insurance and other professional services. About 60 per cent of south-east Queensland’s solicitors are based within the CBD.
About one in seven workers in south-east Queensland are now employed in the healthcare and social assistance sector – ahead of retail, trade and manufacturing.
Likewise, the education sector saw 91 per cent of jobs outside the inner city, with overwhelming indications those sectors would continue to be the dominant sectors for jobs growth.
The conference also heard from international keynote speaker Jed Kolko, the chief economist for indeed.com.
Mr Kolko took the audience through suburban and urban growth trends in the United States, and the economic drivers that lead to ongoing debate about urban and suburban booms.
Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner opened the conference, emphasising that the majority of jobs were outside the inner-city Brisbane area, and the advantage Brisbane City Council’s sheer size had over Melbourne or Sydney.
“Just in the same way that, in the past 12 months, e-scooters have changed the way people move around the city, planning will continue to change,” Cr Schrinner said.
“And just when we think we’ve got it right when it comes to planning, the economy changes, peoples’ habits and lifestyle changes, so we need to be flexible to adapt to that.”
Lucy is the urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council.
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