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Unemployment

In the 2019 March quarter, the unemployment rate in Cairns was 4.71%.

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: The Department of Employment advise that highly disaggregated labour force and unemployment estimates at the LGA level can display significant variability and should be viewed with caution. The figures are smoothed using a four-quarter (annual) average to minimise the variability inherent in small area estimates.

This page presents unemployment estimates for benchmark regions which are headline figures widely published by government and media sites but are not directly comparable to the LGA estimates as they are not annual averages. For more information, see the data notes.

Quarterly unemployment rate
Quarterly unemployment rate 2019 - Mar, Australia: 5.10% 2018 - Dec, Australia: 5.00% 2018 - Sept, Australia: 5.20% 2018 - June, Australia: 5.40% 2018 - Mar, Australia: 5.50% 2017 - Dec, Australia: 5.50% 2017 - Sept, Australia: 5.50% 2017 - June, Australia: 5.60% 2017 - Mar, Australia: 5.70% 2016 - Dec, Australia: 5.80% 2016 - Sept, Australia: 5.60% 2016 - June, Australia: 5.60% 2016 - Mar, Australia: 5.70% 2015 - Dec, Australia: 5.80% 2015 - Sept, Australia: 6.00% 2015 - June, Australia: 6.10% 2015 - Mar, Australia: 6.10% 2014 - Dec, Australia: 6.30% 2014 - Sept, Australia: 6.20% 2014 - June, Australia: 6.00% 2014 - Mar, Australia: 5.80% 2013 - Dec, Australia: 5.80% 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: 5.00% 2019 - Mar, Queensland: 6.00% 2018 - Dec, Queensland: 6.10% 2018 - Sept, Queensland: 6.20% 2018 - June, Queensland: 6.20% 2018 - Mar, Queensland: 6.20% 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: 6.00% 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: 6.60% 2014 - Sept, Queensland: 6.70% 2014 - June, Queensland: 6.30% 2014 - Mar, Queensland: 6.10% 2013 - Dec, Queensland: 6.00% 2013 - Sept, Queensland: 5.80% 2013 - June, Queensland: 5.80% 2013 - Mar, Queensland: 5.70% 2012 - Dec, Queensland: 6.00% 2012 - Sept, Queensland: 6.00% 2012 - June, Queensland: 5.70% 2012 - Mar, Queensland: 5.50% 2011 - Dec, Queensland: 5.50% 2011 - Sept, Queensland: 5.50% 2011 - June, Queensland: 5.40% 2011 - Mar, Queensland: 5.50% 2019 - Mar, Regional QLD : 5.87% 2018 - Dec, Regional QLD : 5.98% 2018 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.06% 2018 - June, Regional QLD : 6.02% 2018 - Mar, Regional QLD : 5.96% 2017 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.09% 2017 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.10% 2017 - June, Regional QLD : 6.33% 2017 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.64% 2016 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.62% 2016 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.58% 2016 - June, Regional QLD : 6.65% 2016 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.58% 2015 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.71% 2015 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.97% 2015 - June, Regional QLD : 6.90% 2015 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.75% 2014 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.52% 2014 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.20% 2014 - June, Regional QLD : 6.04% 2014 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.01% 2013 - Dec, Regional QLD : 5.96% 2013 - Sept, Regional QLD : 6.08% 2013 - June, Regional QLD : 6.07% 2013 - Mar, Regional QLD : 5.91% 2012 - Dec, Regional QLD : 5.98% 2012 - Sept, Regional QLD : 5.89% 2012 - June, Regional QLD : 5.96% 2012 - Mar, Regional QLD : 6.09% 2011 - Dec, Regional QLD : 6.08% 2011 - Sept, Regional QLD : 5.97% 2011 - June, Regional QLD : 5.80% 2011 - Mar, Regional QLD : 5.79% 2019 - Mar, Cairns: 4.71% 2018 - Dec, Cairns: 5.57% 2018 - Sept, Cairns: 5.83% 2018 - June, Cairns: 5.82% 2018 - Mar, Cairns: 5.49% 2017 - Dec, Cairns: 5.32% 2017 - Sept, Cairns: 5.14% 2017 - June, Cairns: 5.75% 2017 - Mar, Cairns: 6.73% 2016 - Dec, Cairns: 7.13% 2016 - Sept, Cairns: 7.80% 2016 - June, Cairns: 7.85% 2016 - Mar, Cairns: 7.42% 2015 - Dec, Cairns: 7.21% 2015 - Sept, Cairns: 7.38% 2015 - June, Cairns: 7.12% 2015 - Mar, Cairns: 6.85% 2014 - Dec, Cairns: 7.24% 2014 - Sept, Cairns: 6.97% 2014 - June, Cairns: 7.36% 2014 - Mar, Cairns: 7.34% 2013 - Dec, Cairns: 7.12% 2013 - Sept, Cairns: 7.56% 2013 - June, Cairns: 7.53% 2013 - Mar, Cairns: 7.77% 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, December 2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts.
Quarterly unemployment
Quarterly unemployment 2019 - Mar, Cairns: 4,045 people 2018 - Dec, Cairns: 4,694 people 2018 - Sept, Cairns: 4,878 people 2018 - June, Cairns: 4,872 people 2018 - Mar, Cairns: 4,654 people 2017 - Dec, Cairns: 4,508 people 2017 - Sept, Cairns: 4,320 people 2017 - June, Cairns: 4,756 people 2017 - Mar, Cairns: 5,496 people 2016 - Dec, Cairns: 5,753 people 2016 - Sept, Cairns: 6,244 people 2016 - June, Cairns: 6,296 people 2016 - Mar, Cairns: 5,933 people 2015 - Dec, Cairns: 5,726 people 2015 - Sept, Cairns: 5,833 people 2015 - June, Cairns: 5,668 people 2015 - Mar, Cairns: 5,444 people 2014 - Dec, Cairns: 5,780 people 2014 - Sept, Cairns: 5,618 people 2014 - June, Cairns: 5,950 people 2014 - Mar, Cairns: 6,028 people 2013 - Dec, Cairns: 5,988 people 2013 - Sept, Cairns: 6,528 people 2013 - June, Cairns: 6,590 people 2013 - Mar, Cairns: 6,725 people 2012 - Dec, Cairns: 6,797 people 2012 - Sept, Cairns: 6,517 people 2012 - June, Cairns: 5,834 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, December 2018. 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 %
2019
March4,04585,874+4.71+5.87+6.00+5.10
2018
December4,69484,250+5.57+5.98+6.10+5.00
September4,87883,703+5.83+6.06+6.20+5.20
June4,87283,649+5.82+6.02+6.20+5.40
March4,65484,841+5.49+5.96+6.20+5.50
2017
December4,50884,672+5.32+6.09+6.00+5.50
September4,32084,064+5.14+6.10+5.90+5.50
June4,75682,704+5.75+6.33+6.10+5.60
March5,49681,615+6.73+6.64+6.30+5.70
2016
December5,75380,662+7.13+6.62+6.20+5.80
September6,24480,044+7.80+6.58+6.00+5.60
June6,29680,176+7.85+6.65+6.20+5.60
March5,93380,010+7.42+6.58+6.10+5.70
2015
December5,72679,447+7.21+6.71+6.00+5.80
September5,83379,070+7.38+6.97+6.20+6.00
June5,66879,562+7.12+6.90+6.30+6.10
March5,44479,450+6.85+6.75+6.40+6.10
2014
December5,78079,824+7.24+6.52+6.60+6.30
September5,61880,654+6.97+6.20+6.70+6.20
June5,95080,857+7.36+6.04+6.30+6.00
March6,02882,096+7.34+6.01+6.10+5.80
2013
December5,98884,123+7.12+5.96+6.00+5.80
September6,52886,390+7.56+6.08+5.80+5.80
June6,59087,495+7.53+6.07+5.80+5.70
March6,72586,607+7.77+5.91+5.70+5.50
2012
December6,79784,970+8.00+5.98+6.00+5.40
September6,51783,301+7.82+5.89+6.00+5.30
June5,83482,039+7.11+5.96+5.70+5.20
March5,92583,142+7.13+6.09+5.50+5.10
2011
December5,88683,831+7.02+6.08+5.50+5.20
September5,28484,345+6.26+5.97+5.50+5.20
June5,38685,073+6.33+5.80+5.40+5.00
March5,51485,558+6.44+5.79+5.50+5.00
2010
December5,72486,204+6.64+5.85+5.50+5.00

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Labour force survey catalogue number 6202.0, and Department of Employment, Small Area Labour Markets, December 2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts.

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