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Western Downs Regional Council area

Characteristics of the unemployed

6.3% of the resident workforce of Western Downs Regional Council area were unemployed in 2011, compared to 7.8% in Regional QLD.

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 Western Downs Regional Council area go to the Unemployment page.

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

Characteristics of the unemployed
Western Downs Regional Council area20162011Change
NameNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Key statistics--------------
Total persons964100.0100.0538100.0100.0+426
Males52454.454.428853.552.9+236
Females44145.745.625447.247.1+187
Unemployment rate--6.37.8--3.66.2+2.7%
Age structure--------------
15 - 24 years33534.832.818734.834.5+148
25 - 54 years52354.351.428853.553.3+235
55 - 64 years10210.613.95810.810.9+44
65 years and over171.81.981.51.3+9
Looking for--------------
Full-time work66468.962.536167.163.8+303
Part-time work30031.137.517933.336.2+121
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree424.49.4193.58.0+23
Advanced diploma or diploma586.07.5122.25.9+46
Certificate level22022.827.011621.623.7+104
No qualifications60562.852.337269.157.5+233
Highest level of schooling--------------
Year 1235136.447.516530.742.8+186
Year 1114014.512.68115.112.9+59
Under Year 1044646.337.728252.441.8+164
Education institute attending--------------
Not Attending79982.977.545183.879.9+348
University303.17.491.76.3+21
TAFE505.24.9397.24.6+11
Other202.12.240.71.5+16
Secondary school575.96.7264.85.8+31
Field of qualification--------------
Natural and Physical Sciences40.40.930.60.8+1
Information Technology60.61.350.91.3+1
Engineering and Related Technologies646.68.8336.15.8+31
Architecture and Building192.03.5132.44.4+6
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies192.01.5132.41.6+6
Health252.63.091.72.4+16
Education131.31.900.01.9+13
Management and Commerce747.710.1366.78.8+38
Society and Culture394.06.6142.65.3+25
Creative Arts50.51.830.61.8+2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services373.84.4213.94.2+16
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.200.00.10
Other characteristics--------------
Speaks a language other than English at home545.611.0193.59.7+35
Arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016282.95.5--------
Has internet access at home75878.683.538170.878.4+377
Has child care responsibilities (own or others)29830.930.619436.131.8+104

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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