Canberra Region

Characteristics of the unemployed

4.7% of the resident workforce of the Canberra Region were unemployed in 2016, compared to 6.3% in NSW.

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 the Canberra Region go to the Unemployment page.

Data source

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

Current area:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers key statistics
Canberra Region20162011change
Namenumber%. % NSWnumber%. % NSW2011 to 2016
Key statistics
Total persons6,139100.0100.05,734100.0100.0+405
Unemployment rate--4.76.3--4.694.1+0.2%
Age structure
15 - 24 years1,81929.633.11,75930.72.1+60
25 - 54 years3,07950.252.92,97051.83.4+109
55 - 64 years1,02816.712.385314.90.7+175
65 years and over1983.21.81292.20.1+69
Looking for
Full-time work3,60758.855.03,52061.43.7+87
Part-time work2,53741.345.02,22938.92.5+308
Bachelor or higher degree71111.620.45098.91.0+202
Advanced diploma or diploma4517.38.23235.60.5+128
Certificate level1,49224.318.41,32323.11.1+169
No qualifications3,16651.649.63,23156.33.3-65
Highest level of schooling
Year 122,54341.457.11,96934.33.2+574
Year 1162910.28.262811.00.5+1
Under Year 102,80645.732.32,97251.82.4-166
Education institute attending
Not Attending4,83278.770.44,45177.64.5+381
Secondary school4136.76.33956.90.3+18
Field of qualification
Natural and Physical Sciences881.41.7460.80.1+42
Information Technology1071.73.0821.40.2+25
Engineering and Related Technologies4347.16.83486.10.4+86
Architecture and Building1923.12.32033.50.2-11
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1161.91.11081.90.1+8
Management and Commerce5949.713.54708.20.8+124
Society and Culture4216.97.13466.00.4+75
Creative Arts1392.33.01192.10.2+20
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2043.33.21863.20.2+18
Mixed Field Programmes30.00.20--0.0+3
Other characteristics
Speaks a language other than English at home4687.635.53095.41.9+159
Arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 20162063.412.9--------
Has internet access at home4,94480.585.94,35776.05.1+587
Has child care responsibilities (own or others)1,78329.027.51,75830.71.8+25

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

economic profile