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South West RED Region

Unemployment

In the 2019 March quarter, the unemployment rate in South West RED Region was 5.68%.

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, South West RED Region: 5.68% 2018 - Dec, South West RED Region: 5.28% 2018 - Sept, South West RED Region: 4.89% 2018 - June, South West RED Region: 4.60% 2018 - Mar, South West RED Region: 4.61% 2017 - Dec, South West RED Region: 4.95% 2017 - Sept, South West RED Region: 4.74% 2017 - June, South West RED Region: 4.47% 2017 - Mar, South West RED Region: 4.11% 2016 - Dec, South West RED Region: 4.14% 2016 - Sept, South West RED Region: 4.13% 2016 - June, South West RED Region: 4.28% 2016 - Mar, South West RED Region: 3.84% 2015 - Dec, South West RED Region: 3.14% 2015 - Sept, South West RED Region: 2.89% 2015 - June, South West RED Region: 2.64% 2015 - Mar, South West RED Region: 2.71% 2014 - Dec, South West RED Region: 2.82% 2014 - Sept, South West RED Region: 2.80% 2014 - June, South West RED Region: 2.51% 2014 - Mar, South West RED Region: 2.33% 2013 - Dec, South West RED Region: 1.99% 2013 - Sept, South West RED Region: 1.83% 2013 - June, South West RED Region: 1.93% 2013 - Mar, South West RED Region: 2.14% 2012 - Dec, South West RED Region: 2.64% 2012 - Sept, South West RED Region: 2.87% 2012 - June, South West RED Region: 2.87% 2012 - Mar, South West RED Region: 2.84% 2011 - Dec, South West RED Region: 3.29% 2011 - Sept, South West RED Region: 3.45% 2011 - June, South West RED Region: 3.98% 2011 - Mar, South West RED Region: 4.23%
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, South West RED Region: 800 people 2018 - Dec, South West RED Region: 734 people 2018 - Sept, South West RED Region: 668 people 2018 - June, South West RED Region: 616 people 2018 - Mar, South West RED Region: 610 people 2017 - Dec, South West RED Region: 647 people 2017 - Sept, South West RED Region: 616 people 2017 - June, South West RED Region: 589 people 2017 - Mar, South West RED Region: 555 people 2016 - Dec, South West RED Region: 572 people 2016 - Sept, South West RED Region: 584 people 2016 - June, South West RED Region: 607 people 2016 - Mar, South West RED Region: 550 people 2015 - Dec, South West RED Region: 459 people 2015 - Sept, South West RED Region: 434 people 2015 - June, South West RED Region: 410 people 2015 - Mar, South West RED Region: 427 people 2014 - Dec, South West RED Region: 448 people 2014 - Sept, South West RED Region: 450 people 2014 - June, South West RED Region: 411 people 2014 - Mar, South West RED Region: 372 people 2013 - Dec, South West RED Region: 312 people 2013 - Sept, South West RED Region: 280 people 2013 - June, South West RED Region: 284 people 2013 - Mar, South West RED Region: 321 people 2012 - Dec, South West RED Region: 399 people 2012 - Sept, South West RED Region: 436 people 2012 - June, South West RED Region: 446 people 2012 - Mar, South West RED Region: 444 people 2011 - Dec, South West RED Region: 506 people 2011 - Sept, South West RED Region: 528 people 2011 - June, South West RED Region: 599 people 2011 - Mar, South West RED Region: 636 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
South West RED RegionRegional QLD QueenslandAustralia
QuarterUnemployed peopleLocal resident workersUnemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %
2019
March80014,092+5.68+5.87+6.00+5.10
2018
December73413,910+5.28+5.98+6.10+5.00
September66813,663+4.89+6.06+6.20+5.20
June61613,384+4.60+6.02+6.20+5.40
March61013,224+4.61+5.96+6.20+5.50
2017
December64713,084+4.95+6.09+6.00+5.50
September61612,996+4.74+6.10+5.90+5.50
June58913,189+4.47+6.33+6.10+5.60
March55513,503+4.11+6.64+6.30+5.70
2016
December57213,808+4.14+6.62+6.20+5.80
September58414,135+4.13+6.58+6.00+5.60
June60714,180+4.28+6.65+6.20+5.60
March55014,321+3.84+6.58+6.10+5.70
2015
December45914,639+3.14+6.71+6.00+5.80
September43415,041+2.89+6.97+6.20+6.00
June41015,547+2.64+6.90+6.30+6.10
March42715,759+2.71+6.75+6.40+6.10
2014
December44815,909+2.82+6.52+6.60+6.30
September45016,055+2.80+6.20+6.70+6.20
June41116,359+2.51+6.04+6.30+6.00
March37215,935+2.33+6.01+6.10+5.80
2013
December31215,644+1.99+5.96+6.00+5.80
September28015,330+1.83+6.08+5.80+5.80
June28414,732+1.93+6.07+5.80+5.70
March32114,988+2.14+5.91+5.70+5.50
2012
December39915,133+2.64+5.98+6.00+5.40
September43615,216+2.87+5.89+6.00+5.30
June44615,534+2.87+5.96+5.70+5.20
March44415,620+2.84+6.09+5.50+5.10
2011
December50615,392+3.29+6.08+5.50+5.20
September52815,304+3.45+5.97+5.50+5.20
June59915,063+3.98+5.80+5.40+5.00
March63615,036+4.23+5.79+5.50+5.00
2010
December67915,268+4.45+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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