Wollongong City Council is looking at ways to encourage University of Wollongong alumni to find permanent work in the Illawarra region.

Outlined in council’s latest Economic Development Strategy for 2019-29, a goal has been set to create more than 10,500 new jobs across the next decade.

The document outlines that the median income can also be raised for the area, if more focus is put on generating new jobs in industries that are higher paying.

Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the projected job-growth figures are a reasonable target. However, they are only aspirations at this stage.

“Wollongong actually creates around about 60 odd percent of employment opportunities for the Illawarra. So, it is a sizeable and significant place in terms of its employment generation and we need to expand that,” Clr Bradbery said.

If the councils goals are met, the amount of jobs created for the region should be double that created in the previous decade.