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In the 2017 December quarter, the unemployment rate in Cairns was 5.34%.

The unemployment rate is derived from the ABS labour force survey and Centrelink data and compiled by the Department of Employment. It is published quarterly in the Small Area Labour Markets publication, for Local Government Areas. The unemployment rate shown here is the proportion of the resident labour force (those in work or looking for work, and aged over 15) who are looking for work. Unemployment does not include people who don’t have a job but are not seeking a job.

Unemployment is an important indicator of the economic success of an area. A low unemployment rate can indicate an affluent area with a high rate of access to jobs, or a place where those who can’t find jobs leave the area. A high rate can indicate a declining economy with closures of key industries, or a residential area with a significantly disadvantaged population.

Note: Due to a major change in the Labour Force Regions on which unemployment data are collected, Small Area Labour Markets datasets are now only directly comparable back to 2010. For this reason, data prior to 2010 is misleading and has been removed from this site.

Quarterly unemployment rate
Quarterly unemployment rate 2017 - Dec, Australia: 5.50% 2017 - Sept, Australia: 5.50% 2017 - June, Australia: 5.60% 2017 - Mar, Australia: 5.70% 2016 - Dec, Australia: 5.70% 2016 - Sept, Australia: 5.70% 2016 - June, Australia: 5.70% 2016 - Mar, Australia: 5.70% 2015 - Dec, Australia: 5.80% 2015 - Sept, Australia: 6.10% 2015 - June, Australia: 6.10% 2015 - Mar, Australia: 6.10% 2014 - Dec, Australia: 6.20% 2014 - Sept, Australia: 6.30% 2014 - June, Australia: 6.00% 2014 - Mar, Australia: 5.90% 2013 - Dec, Australia: 5.90% 2013 - Sept, Australia: 5.80% 2013 - June, Australia: 5.70% 2013 - Mar, Australia: 5.50% 2012 - Dec, Australia: 5.40% 2012 - Sept, Australia: 5.30% 2012 - June, Australia: 5.20% 2012 - Mar, Australia: 5.10% 2011 - Dec, Australia: 5.20% 2011 - Sept, Australia: 5.20% 2011 - June, Australia: 5.00% 2011 - Mar, Australia: 4.90% 2017 - Dec, Queensland: 6.00% 2017 - Sept, Queensland: 5.90% 2017 - June, Queensland: 6.10% 2017 - Mar, Queensland: 6.30% 2016 - Dec, Queensland: 6.20% 2016 - Sept, Queensland: 6.10% 2016 - June, Queensland: 6.20% 2016 - Mar, Queensland: 6.10% 2015 - Dec, Queensland: 6.00% 2015 - Sept, Queensland: 6.20% 2015 - June, Queensland: 6.30% 2015 - Mar, Queensland: 6.40% 2014 - Dec, Queensland: 6.70% 2014 - Sept, Queensland: 6.70% 2014 - June, Queensland: 6.30% 2014 - Mar, Queensland: 6.10% 2013 - Dec, Queensland: 6.00% 2013 - Sept, Queensland: 5.90% 2013 - June, Queensland: 5.90% 2013 - Mar, Queensland: 5.80% 2012 - Dec, Queensland: 6.00% 2012 - Sept, Queensland: 6.00% 2012 - June, Queensland: 5.60% 2012 - Mar, Queensland: 5.50% 2011 - Dec, Queensland: 5.50% 2011 - Sept, Queensland: 5.50% 2011 - June, Queensland: 5.40% 2011 - Mar, Queensland: 5.40% 2017 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.14% 2017 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.14% 2017 - June, Regional QLD : 6.36% 2017 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.63% 2016 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.58% 2016 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.54% 2016 - June, Regional QLD : 6.62% 2016 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.57% 2015 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.72% 2015 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.99% 2015 - June, Regional QLD : 6.90% 2015 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.75% 2014 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.53% 2014 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.20% 2014 - June, Regional QLD : 6.04% 2014 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.02% 2013 - Dec, Regional QLD : 5.98% 2013 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.10% 2013 - June, Regional QLD : 6.11% 2013 - Mar, Regional QLD : 5.92% 2012 - Dec, Regional QLD : 5.98% 2012 - Sept, Regional QLD : 5.89% 2012 - June, Regional QLD : 5.94% 2012 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.07% 2011 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.07% 2011 - Sept, Regional QLD : 5.99% 2011 - June, Regional QLD : 5.83% 2011 - Mar, Regional QLD : 5.83% 2017 - Dec, Cairns: 5.34% 2017 - Sept, Cairns: 5.15% 2017 - June, Cairns: 5.76% 2017 - Mar, Cairns: 6.74% 2016 - Dec, Cairns: 7.14% 2016 - Sept, Cairns: 7.81% 2016 - June, Cairns: 7.86% 2016 - Mar, Cairns: 7.42% 2015 - Dec, Cairns: 7.21% 2015 - Sept, Cairns: 7.38% 2015 - June, Cairns: 7.13% 2015 - Mar, Cairns: 6.86% 2014 - Dec, Cairns: 7.24% 2014 - Sept, Cairns: 6.97% 2014 - June, Cairns: 7.36% 2014 - Mar, Cairns: 7.34% 2013 - Dec, Cairns: 7.11% 2013 - Sept, Cairns: 7.55% 2013 - June, Cairns: 7.53% 2013 - Mar, Cairns: 7.76% 2012 - Dec, Cairns: 8.00% 2012 - Sept, Cairns: 7.82% 2012 - June, Cairns: 7.11% 2012 - Mar, Cairns: 7.13% 2011 - Dec, Cairns: 7.02% 2011 - Sept, Cairns: 6.26% 2011 - June, Cairns: 6.33% 2011 - Mar, Cairns: 6.44%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Labour force survey, catalogue number 6202.0, and Department of Employment, Small Area Labour Markets, June 2017. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts.
Quarterly unemployment
Quarterly unemployment 2017 - Dec, Cairns: 4,542 people 2017 - Sept, Cairns: 4,348 people 2017 - June, Cairns: 4,785 people 2017 - Mar, Cairns: 5,527 people 2016 - Dec, Cairns: 5,787 people 2016 - Sept, Cairns: 6,280 people 2016 - June, Cairns: 6,330 people 2016 - Mar, Cairns: 5,964 people 2015 - Dec, Cairns: 5,753 people 2015 - Sept, Cairns: 5,857 people 2015 - June, Cairns: 5,691 people 2015 - Mar, Cairns: 5,464 people 2014 - Dec, Cairns: 5,799 people 2014 - Sept, Cairns: 5,635 people 2014 - June, Cairns: 5,964 people 2014 - Mar, Cairns: 6,040 people 2013 - Dec, Cairns: 5,995 people 2013 - Sept, Cairns: 6,532 people 2013 - June, Cairns: 6,591 people 2013 - Mar, Cairns: 6,726 people 2012 - Dec, Cairns: 6,798 people 2012 - Sept, Cairns: 6,518 people 2012 - June, Cairns: 5,835 people 2012 - Mar, Cairns: 5,925 people 2011 - Dec, Cairns: 5,886 people 2011 - Sept, Cairns: 5,284 people 2011 - June, Cairns: 5,386 people 2011 - Mar, Cairns: 5,514 people
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Labour force survey, catalogue number 6202.0, and Department of Employment, Small Area Labour Markets, June 2017. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts.
Unemployment
CairnsRegional QLD QueenslandAustralia
QuarterUnemployed peopleLocal resident workersUnemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %
2017
December4,54285,112+5.34+6.14+6.00+5.50
September4,34884,484+5.15+6.14+5.90+5.50
June4,78583,115+5.76+6.36+6.10+5.60
March5,52782,023+6.74+6.63+6.30+5.70
2016
December5,78781,086+7.14+6.58+6.20+5.70
September6,28080,454+7.81+6.54+6.10+5.70
June6,33080,568+7.86+6.62+6.20+5.70
March5,96480,376+7.42+6.57+6.10+5.70
2015
December5,75379,774+7.21+6.72+6.00+5.80
September5,85779,365+7.38+6.99+6.20+6.10
June5,69179,832+7.13+6.90+6.30+6.10
March5,46479,694+6.86+6.75+6.40+6.10
2014
December5,79980,044+7.24+6.53+6.70+6.20
September5,63580,869+6.97+6.20+6.70+6.30
June5,96481,050+7.36+6.04+6.30+6.00
March6,04082,267+7.34+6.02+6.10+5.90
2013
December5,99584,270+7.11+5.98+6.00+5.90
September6,53286,493+7.55+6.10+5.90+5.80
June6,59187,570+7.53+6.11+5.90+5.70
March6,72686,661+7.76+5.92+5.80+5.50
2012
December6,79885,008+8.00+5.98+6.00+5.40
September6,51883,321+7.82+5.89+6.00+5.30
June5,83582,048+7.11+5.94+5.60+5.20
March5,92583,141+7.13+6.07+5.50+5.10
2011
December5,88683,828+7.02+6.07+5.50+5.20
September5,28484,346+6.26+5.99+5.50+5.20
June5,38685,073+6.33+5.83+5.40+5.00
March5,51485,558+6.44+5.83+5.40+4.90
2010
December5,72486,204+6.64+5.89+5.60+5.00

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Labour force survey catalogue number 6202.0, and Department of Employment, Small Area Labour Markets, June 2017. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts.

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