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Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas - 2013


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently changed the dissemination of regional data from the monthly Labour Force Survey to reflect a new geographic standard. The Labour Force Survey is a key source of data on employment, unemployment, the labour force and associated rates and ratios. The change was designed to provide more robust data for smaller geographic areas, with a focus on regional labour markets.

The smallest geographic areas for labour force data are Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4), with estimates available for 87 spatial areas across Australia. SA4 data is from the original (unadjusted) series and therefore caution should be used when interpreting any changes, as some estimates may be subject to high sampling errors. The ABS releases regional labour force data in their publication, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed – Electronic delivery (Cat. No. 6291.0.55.001), see Table 16 and Data Cube RM1.

SA4 estimates can be used to provide some indication of labour market conditions in Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CEDs). For further information on SA4s and suggested matches based on 2012 boundaries refer to Youth unemployment statistics for small geographic areas: a quick guide. More information on youth unemployment, the concepts and definitions is provided in Labour Stats 101 youth unemployment: a quick guide.

The following table provides the 2013 annual average youth unemployment rates for SA4s, as well as comparable state/territory (or part thereof) estimates. The annual averages have been calculated using 12 months of original data from January to December. 

Across the SA4s, the youth unemployment rate in 2013 ranged from 5.7% to 20.2%. The three SA4s with the lowest annual average youth unemployment rates were: Perth – Inner (5.7%), Shepparton (5.9%) and Darwin (6.4%). The three SA4s with the highest rates of youth unemployment were: Tasmania – West and North West (20.2%), Adelaide – North (19.8%) and Northern Territory – Outback (19.3%).

Youth unemployment (15 to 24 years) by Statistical Areas – 2013 (annual average)

State/Territory and Statistical Areas Level 4

Unemployment rate (%)

New South Wales

11.8

  Greater Sydney

11.3

    Central Coast

10.4

    Sydney - Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury

12.1

    Sydney - Blacktown

15.6

    Sydney - City and Inner South

9.8

    Sydney - Eastern Suburbs

6.8

    Sydney - Inner South West

11.3

    Sydney - Inner West

7.0

    Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby

10.4

    Sydney - Northern Beaches

8.1

    Sydney - Outer South West

11.2

    Sydney - Outer West and Blue Mountains

11.5

    Sydney - Parramatta

18.0

    Sydney - Ryde

9.1

    Sydney - South West

14.9

    Sydney - Sutherland

7.5

  Rest of NSW

12.7

    Capital Region

8.9

    NSW - Central West

14.0

    Coffs Harbour - Grafton

12.3

    Far West and Orana

12.9

    Hunter Valley exc Newcastle

8.6

    Illawarra

15.9

    Mid North Coast

12.1

    Murray

10.2

    New England and North West

14.5

    Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

13.9

    Richmond - Tweed

12.3

    Riverina

12.4

    Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven

16.3

Victoria

12.5

  Greater Melbourne

12.8

    Melbourne - Inner

12.9

    Melbourne - Inner East

13.1

    Melbourne - Inner South

11.3

    Melbourne - North East

12.4

    Melbourne - North West

15.0

    Melbourne - Outer East

11.9

    Melbourne - South East

12.1

    Melbourne - West

14.3

    Mornington Peninsula

12.1

  Rest of Vic

11.6

    Ballarat

11.0

    Bendigo

13.9

    Geelong

13.0

    Hume

17.6

    Latrobe - Gippsland

10.2

    Victoria - North West

8.1

    Shepparton

5.9

    Warrnambool and South West

14.0

Queensland

13.0

  Greater Brisbane

13.2

    Brisbane - East

15.4

    Brisbane - North

7.9

    Brisbane - South

14.6

    Brisbane - West

10.7

    Brisbane Inner City

11.4

    Ipswich

15.2

    Logan - Beaudesert

15.3

    Moreton Bay - North

17.6

    Moreton Bay - South

7.8

  Rest of Qld

12.9

    Cairns

19.1

    Darling Downs - Maranoa

8.3

    Fitzroy

13.8

    Gold Coast

12.7

    Mackay

8.8

    Queensland - Outback

11.5

    Sunshine Coast

12.2

    Toowoomba

12.4

    Townsville

10.1

    Wide Bay

17.9

South Australia

13.7

  Greater Adelaide

14.4

    Adelaide - Central and Hills

11.3

    Adelaide - North

19.8

    Adelaide - South

12.3

    Adelaide - West

13.1

  Rest of SA

10.7

    Barossa - Yorke - Mid North

12.6

    South Australia - Outback

14.7

    South Australia - South East

7.7

Western Australia

9.4

  Greater Perth

8.9

    Mandurah

17.7

    Perth - Inner

5.7

    Perth - North East

9.7

    Perth - North West

8.2

    Perth - South East

7.9

    Perth - South West

11.0

  Rest of WA

11.5

    Bunbury

9.8

    Western Australia - Outback

11.9

    Western Australia - Wheat Belt

12.7

Tasmania

17.2

  Greater Hobart

14.2

  Rest of Tas

19.4

    Launceston and North East

19.0

    Tasmania - South East

18.7

    Tasmania - West and North West

20.2

Northern Territory

11.8

    Darwin

6.4

    Northern Territory - Outback

19.3

  Australian Capital Territory

11.4

 Notes to table 

  • Annual average calculated using 12 months of original (unadjusted) data.
  • Due to the sample size involved, some sampling errors may be quite high and the estimates should therefore be interpreted with caution.
  • The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed expressed as a proportion of the labour force (in the same age group).
  • There are no sub-territory regions for the ACT.
  • More information on Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4) is available from ABS, Information Paper: Regional Labour Force Statistics, 2014, Cat. no. 6262.0.

Source: ABS, Labour force, detailed - electronic delivery, March 2014, Cat. no. 6291.0.55.001 (Data Cube RM1)