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Working out the numbers—Unemployment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides monthly updates of labour force data, but what do these numbers mean and how are they interpreted? Previous posts have provided background information on the Labour Force Survey and on employment figures. This post focuses on the key unemployment numbers and rates. Read more...

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.  Read more...

Regional labour market statistics - March 2011

The March regional labour force data reveal that employment levels have grown and unemployment rates have fallen across most of Australia. However, for some regions things remain difficult as they struggle to provide enough jobs for their local labour force.Queensland encapsulated the best and worst of the nation’s labour market outcomes. It recorded the lowest unemployment rate of 2.1 per cent in the West Moreton Statistical Region and the highest at 10.6 per cent in the Far North Statistical Region.Between March 2010 and March 2011 the biggest improvement in the unemployment rate occurred in the Far West Statistical Division (New South Wales); 20.6 per cent to 6.6 per cent. The biggest det... Read more...

Regional unemployment rates - February 2011

On Thursday 17 March the ABS released the latest regional labour force statistics. These statistics reveal that the unemployment rate around Australia ranged from 1.3 per cent in the South Eastern Statistical Region of New South Wales to 13.0 per cent in the Far North Statistical Region of Queensland.Five Statistical Regions with the lowest rates were:South Eastern Statistical Region (New South Wales) 1.3 per cent Eastern Suburbs Statistical Region (Sydney) 2.6 per cent East Metropolitan Statistical Region (Perth) 2.6 per cent West Moreton Statistical Region (Queensland) 2.8 per cent Inner Sydney Statistical Region (Sydney) 3.4 per cent. Five Statistical Regions with the highest rates were:F... Read more...

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