Gold Coast unemployment rises despite thousands of new jobs

The Gold Coast’s unemployment rate has increased, despite a huge surge in jobs being added to the city’s economy.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, the jobless rate has gone from a revised 7.3 per cent in September to 7.8 per cent in October.

The 12-month average unemployment rate has increased by 0.3 points to 6.6 per cent.


The number of jobs on the Gold Coast increased by 22,600 in October.

Most of those were part-time, with 17,600 added.

But there was also a big jump in the number of people looking for work which saw the overall unemployment rate increase.

The total number of people in the workforce on the Gold Coast increased by 26,200 to 378,600.

The participation rate jumped from 65.7 per cent to 70.5 per cent, its highest level since March 2019.

There are now 29,400 people unemployed on the Gold Coast, an increase of 3,600.