RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

economic profile

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Characteristics of the unemployed

6.3% of the resident workforce of the Southern Downs Regional Council area 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 the Southern Downs Regional Council area go to the Unemployment page.

Data source

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

Current area:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers key statistics
Southern Downs Regional Council area20162011change
Namenumber%. % Queenslandnumber%. % Queensland2011 to 2016
Key statistics
Total persons941100.0100.0772100.0100.0+169
Males50753.953.640252.153.0+105
Females43746.446.437648.747.0+61
Unemployment rate--6.37.6--5.193.9+1.1%
Age structure
15 - 24 years29231.035.625032.42.4+42
25 - 54 years48952.050.842655.23.4+63
55 - 64 years14815.711.99011.70.6+58
65 years and over222.31.730.40.1+19
Looking for
Full-time work61365.160.150765.74.0+106
Part-time work32935.039.926834.72.4+61
Qualifications
Bachelor or higher degree566.013.7445.70.7+12
Advanced diploma or diploma576.18.1435.60.4+14
Certificate level24726.224.618423.81.4+63
No qualifications54557.950.446059.63.6+85
Highest level of schooling
Year 1236739.054.325933.53.1+108
Year 1111812.511.58811.40.8+30
Under Year 1043946.732.240752.72.4+32
Education institute attending
Not Attending76381.173.863081.65.0+133
University262.810.3303.90.6-4
TAFE758.05.3597.60.3+16
Other131.42.391.20.1+4
Secondary school475.07.1314.00.4+16
Field of qualification
Natural and Physical Sciences40.41.460.80.1-2
Information Technology101.11.991.20.1+1
Engineering and Related Technologies687.28.3455.80.4+23
Architecture and Building222.32.9182.30.2+4
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies232.41.2141.80.1+9
Health323.43.1202.60.2+12
Education181.91.9121.60.1+6
Management and Commerce818.611.8617.90.6+20
Society and Culture464.97.3435.60.4+3
Creative Arts141.52.4101.30.1+4
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services384.04.1344.40.2+4
Mixed Field Programmes30.30.20--0.0+3
Other characteristics
Speaks a language other than English at home475.017.4314.00.9+16
Arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016212.28.6--------
Has internet access at home78383.285.655872.35.2+225
Has child care responsibilities (own or others)28129.929.626233.92.0+19

RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

economic profile