Characteristics of the unemployed

7.7% of the resident workforce of Cairns were unemployed in 2016, compared to 7.6% in Queensland.

The local unemployed resident includes all people who are residents in the local area who are looking for part-time or full-time work. This is an important resource for the local economy, their characteristics inform us about the skills that are available locally, even if they are not currently employed in the local economy.

For an overview of unemployment levels and trends in Cairns go to the Unemployment page.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2011 – by usual residence

Current benchmark:
Resident workers key statistics
Namenumber%. % Queenslandnumber%. % Queensland2011 to 2016
Key statistics
Total persons6,055100.0100.05,264100.0100.0+791
Unemployment rate--7.77.6--6.693.9+1.1%
Age structure
15 - 24 years1,79829.735.61,61730.72.4+181
25 - 54 years3,28754.350.83,01857.33.4+269
55 - 64 years82213.611.957110.80.6+251
65 years and over1472.41.7551.00.1+92
Looking for
Full-time work3,75061.960.13,49466.44.0+256
Part-time work2,30538.139.91,76833.62.4+537
Bachelor or higher degree63410.513.74198.00.7+215
Advanced diploma or diploma5048.38.13486.60.4+156
Certificate level1,61226.624.61,21723.11.4+395
No qualifications3,01149.750.42,96156.33.6+50
Highest level of schooling
Year 123,02449.954.32,33044.33.1+694
Year 1182613.611.574914.20.8+77
Under Year 102,01833.332.21,99037.82.4+28
Education institute attending
Not Attending4,78279.073.84,31181.95.0+471
Secondary school4076.77.12715.10.4+136
Field of qualification
Natural and Physical Sciences601.01.4410.80.1+19
Information Technology871.41.9531.00.1+34
Engineering and Related Technologies5579.28.33506.60.4+207
Architecture and Building2193.62.91933.70.2+26
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies831.41.2771.50.1+6
Management and Commerce61310.111.84799.10.6+134
Society and Culture4086.77.33105.90.4+98
Creative Arts1222.02.4801.50.1+42
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2774.64.12224.20.2+55
Mixed Field Programmes180.
Other characteristics
Speaks a language other than English at home1,09418.117.485216.20.9+242
Arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 20164377.28.6--------
Has internet access at home4,84180.085.63,82872.75.2+1,013
Has child care responsibilities (own or others)1,79629.729.61,63231.02.0+164

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