September quarter 2014
Small Area Labour Markets
- Small Area Labour Markets – September Quarter 2014
- Data tables – Small Area Labour Markets – September Quarter 2014 (Table 1 - SA2)
- Data tables – Small Area Labour Markets – September Quarter 2014 (Table 2 - LGA)
- Explanatory Notes
Small Area Labour Markets presents regional estimates of unemployment and the unemployment rate at two small area levels:
- For approximately 2,100 Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Statistical Area Level 2s (SA2s), on a State/Territory and Metropolitan/Non-metropolitan basis, provided in Table 1. For the States, estimates for the Capital City and the Balance of each State are also provided; and
- For each of Australia’s 550 Local Government Areas (LGAs), provided in Table 2.
The estimates in Table 1 and 2 are smoothed using a four quarter average to minimise the variability inherent in small area estimates. A description of the methodology used to prepare the estimates in this publication is presented in the Explanatory Notes on this site as well as on page 50 of the PDF publication, page 5 of the linked PDF text only and Word text only documents.
Caution: Highly disaggregated estimates of unemployment and the unemployment rate at the SA2 and LGA level can display significant variability and should be viewed with caution. Indeed, quarter-to-quarter comparisons may not be indicative of actual movements in the labour market. It is therefore recommended that year-on-year comparisons be used.
Labour market developments at the SA2 level
The September quarter 2014 Small Area Labour Markets estimates show that unemployment has increased in a number of areas. A majority (61.0 per cent) of SA2s recorded an increase in their unemployment rate over the year to the September quarter 2014. Large increases were recorded in Batemans Bay in New South Wales (up from 7.9 per cent to 14.5 per cent), Wacol in Queensland (up from 19.2 per cent to 26.9 per cent) and Broadmeadows in Melbourne (up from 21.9 per cent to 26.7 per cent).
In the September quarter 2014, 46.3 per cent of SA2s recorded an unemployment rate of less than 5.0 per cent, down from 50.8 per cent in the September quarter 2013, while 13.3 per cent of SA2s recorded an unemployment rate of 10.0 per cent or above, up from 10.9 per cent in the September quarter 2013.
Labour market developments at the LGA level
Unemployment has also increased in a number of LGAs, with 55.6 per cent of LGAs having recorded an increase in their unemployment rate over the year to the September quarter 2014, down from 68.3 per cent over the year to the September quarter 2013. Large increases were recorded in Wentworth (A) in New South Wales (up by 7.7 percentage points to 12.5 per cent), Derby-West Kimberley (S) in Western Australia (up by 4.8 percentage points to 19.4 per cent) and Port Pirie (M) in South Australia (up by 3.7 percentage points to 13.0 per cent).
Encouragingly, a number of LGAs recorded a decline in their unemployment rate, with large falls recorded in Rockhampton in Queensland (down by 2.6 percentage points to 6.7 per cent) and Bunbury in Western Australia (down by 2.1 percentage points to 5.7 per cent).
In the September quarter 2014, 41.0 per cent of LGAs recorded an unemployment rate of less than 5.0 per cent, compared with 48.2 per cent in the September quarter 2013, while 12.3 per cent of LGAs recorded an unemployment rate of 10.0 per cent or above, up from 10.0 per cent in the September quarter 2013.
Significant differences exist at the State level, with 60.9 per cent of LGAs in Western Australia recording an unemployment rate below 5.0 per cent, compared with just 10.3 per cent in Tasmania.
It is anticipated that the December quarter 2014 issue of Small Area Labour Markets will be released in March 2015.
This report was prepared by the Labour Market Analysis Section within the Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch. For further information, please contact Andrew Gatenby on 02 6240 9130, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.