Small Area Labour Markets publication

The Department produces quarterly regional estimates of unemployment and the unemployment rate at the Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) and Local Government Area (LGA) level.

March quarter 2018

Small Area Labour Markets

Introduction

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 42 of the PDF publication, page 6 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 small area level

The March quarter 2018 SALM estimates show that more than half (55.1 per cent) of SA2s recorded a fall in their unemployment rate over the year to the March quarter 2018, down from 60.3 per cent over the year to the March quarter 2017.

In the March quarter 2018, 53.9 per cent of SA2s recorded an unemployment rate of less than 5.0 per cent, up from 50.4 per cent in the March quarter 2017, while 11.2 per cent of SA2s recorded an unemployment rate of 10.0 per cent or above, the same amount as in the March quarter 2017.

Differences exist at the State level, with 57.2 per cent of SA2s recording an unemployment rate of less than 5 per cent in New South Wales, compared with 47.0 per cent in Queensland.

Next Issue

It is anticipated that the June quarter 2018 issue of SALM will be released in September 2018.

Contact details

This report was prepared by the Labour Market Analysis and Advice Section within the Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch. For further information, please contact Joel Meehan on (02) 6240 5358, or email salm@jobs.gov.au.