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Unemployment

In the 2019 March quarter, the unemployment rate in Western Downs Regional Council area was 6.85%.

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, Western Downs Regional Council area: 6.85% 2018 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 6.01% 2018 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.45% 2018 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.49% 2018 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.84% 2017 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.60% 2017 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.42% 2017 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.29% 2017 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.97% 2016 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.80% 2016 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.31% 2016 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.96% 2016 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.26% 2015 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.77% 2015 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.91% 2015 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.71% 2015 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.25% 2014 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.12% 2014 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.28% 2014 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.92% 2014 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.72% 2013 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.22% 2013 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.77% 2013 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.72% 2013 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.90% 2012 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.57% 2012 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.99% 2012 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.03% 2012 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.11% 2011 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.60% 2011 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.62% 2011 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.23% 2011 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.31%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1,284 people 2018 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1,123 people 2018 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 998 people 2018 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 985 people 2018 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 853 people 2017 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 977 people 2017 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 939 people 2017 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 746 people 2017 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 708 people 2016 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 690 people 2016 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 607 people 2016 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 722 people 2016 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 760 people 2015 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 661 people 2015 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 687 people 2015 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 662 people 2015 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 585 people 2014 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 572 people 2014 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 606 people 2014 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 554 people 2014 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 505 people 2013 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 407 people 2013 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 320 people 2013 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 298 people 2013 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 330 people 2012 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 448 people 2012 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 516 people 2012 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 529 people 2012 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 542 people 2011 - Dec, Western Downs Regional Council area: 614 people 2011 - Sept, Western Downs Regional Council area: 615 people 2011 - June, Western Downs Regional Council area: 709 people 2011 - Mar, Western Downs Regional Council area: 721 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
Western Downs Regional Council areaRegional QLD QueenslandAustralia
QuarterUnemployed peopleLocal resident workersUnemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %
2019
March1,28418,735+6.85+5.87+6.00+5.10
2018
December1,12318,672+6.01+5.98+6.10+5.00
September99818,309+5.45+6.06+6.20+5.20
June98517,946+5.49+6.02+6.20+5.40
March85317,631+4.84+5.96+6.20+5.50
2017
December97717,449+5.60+6.09+6.00+5.50
September93917,332+5.42+6.10+5.90+5.50
June74617,377+4.29+6.33+6.10+5.60
March70817,828+3.97+6.64+6.30+5.70
2016
December69018,160+3.80+6.62+6.20+5.80
September60718,356+3.31+6.58+6.00+5.60
June72218,235+3.96+6.65+6.20+5.60
March76017,860+4.26+6.58+6.10+5.70
2015
December66117,554+3.77+6.71+6.00+5.80
September68717,582+3.91+6.97+6.20+6.00
June66217,842+3.71+6.90+6.30+6.10
March58518,013+3.25+6.75+6.40+6.10
2014
December57218,310+3.12+6.52+6.60+6.30
September60618,493+3.28+6.20+6.70+6.20
June55418,973+2.92+6.04+6.30+6.00
March50518,584+2.72+6.01+6.10+5.80
2013
December40718,335+2.22+5.96+6.00+5.80
September32018,038+1.77+6.08+5.80+5.80
June29817,294+1.72+6.07+5.80+5.70
March33017,413+1.90+5.91+5.70+5.50
2012
December44817,399+2.57+5.98+6.00+5.40
September51617,280+2.99+5.89+6.00+5.30
June52917,438+3.03+5.96+5.70+5.20
March54217,441+3.11+6.09+5.50+5.10
2011
December61417,059+3.60+6.08+5.50+5.20
September61517,006+3.62+5.97+5.50+5.20
June70916,781+4.23+5.80+5.40+5.00
March72116,741+4.31+5.79+5.50+5.00
2010
December66817,040+3.92+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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