Toowoomba's labour force numbered 47,900 in December 2003, with 60% being employed on a full-time basis. Unemployment levels have been traditionally lower than the Queensland average: 5.7% in December 2003.

The largest industry employers are retail trade (17.8%); health and community services (13.3%); manufactoring (12.2%); and education (11.1%).

Professional employment was the most prominent occupation (18.2%) followed by clerical, sales and service workers (17.7%) and tradespersons and related workers (13.3%).

For more statistics about Toowoomba's employment, please visit the Facts & Figures page.

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