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Unemployment

In the 2019 March quarter, the unemployment rate in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region was 5.92%.

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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.92% 2018 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.85% 2018 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.39% 2018 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.10% 2018 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.04% 2017 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.33% 2017 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.24% 2017 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.96% 2017 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.53% 2016 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.15% 2016 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.94% 2016 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.07% 2016 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.39% 2015 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.41% 2015 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.48% 2015 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.53% 2015 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.17% 2014 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.91% 2014 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.29% 2014 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.09% 2014 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.09% 2013 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.97% 2013 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.04% 2013 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.50% 2013 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.58% 2012 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.92% 2012 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.59% 2012 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.13% 2012 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.92% 2011 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.21% 2011 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.13% 2011 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.35% 2011 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.40%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8,400 people 2018 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8,357 people 2018 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7,579 people 2018 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7,074 people 2018 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6,901 people 2017 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7,318 people 2017 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7,220 people 2017 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6,785 people 2017 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6,176 people 2016 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,632 people 2016 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,320 people 2016 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,506 people 2016 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,938 people 2015 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,913 people 2015 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,960 people 2015 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6,022 people 2015 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,563 people 2014 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,281 people 2014 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,871 people 2014 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,733 people 2014 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,679 people 2013 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,473 people 2013 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,547 people 2013 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6,046 people 2013 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6,233 people 2012 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6,733 people 2012 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6,261 people 2012 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,645 people 2012 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,279 people 2011 - Dec, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,555 people 2011 - Sept, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,435 people 2011 - June, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,701 people 2011 - Mar, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5,767 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West RegionRegional QLD QueenslandAustralia
QuarterUnemployed peopleLocal resident workersUnemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %Unemploym- ent rate %
2019
March8,400141,820+5.92+5.87+6.00+5.10
2018
December8,357142,777+5.85+5.98+6.10+5.00
September7,579140,583+5.39+6.06+6.20+5.20
June7,074138,609+5.10+6.02+6.20+5.40
March6,901136,987+5.04+5.96+6.20+5.50
2017
December7,318137,268+5.33+6.09+6.00+5.50
September7,220137,802+5.24+6.10+5.90+5.50
June6,785136,801+4.96+6.33+6.10+5.60
March6,176136,188+4.53+6.64+6.30+5.70
2016
December5,632135,714+4.15+6.62+6.20+5.80
September5,320135,194+3.94+6.58+6.00+5.60
June5,506135,375+4.07+6.65+6.20+5.60
March5,938135,396+4.39+6.58+6.10+5.70
2015
December5,913134,062+4.41+6.71+6.00+5.80
September5,960132,993+4.48+6.97+6.20+6.00
June6,022132,963+4.53+6.90+6.30+6.10
March5,563133,494+4.17+6.75+6.40+6.10
2014
December5,281135,107+3.91+6.52+6.60+6.30
September5,871136,968+4.29+6.20+6.70+6.20
June5,733140,069+4.09+6.04+6.30+6.00
March5,679138,824+4.09+6.01+6.10+5.80
2013
December5,473137,939+3.97+5.96+6.00+5.80
September5,547137,374+4.04+6.08+5.80+5.80
June6,046134,308+4.50+6.07+5.80+5.70
March6,233136,211+4.58+5.91+5.70+5.50
2012
December6,733136,910+4.92+5.98+6.00+5.40
September6,261136,399+4.59+5.89+6.00+5.30
June5,645136,843+4.13+5.96+5.70+5.20
March5,279134,768+3.92+6.09+5.50+5.10
2011
December5,555132,082+4.21+6.08+5.50+5.20
September5,435131,662+4.13+5.97+5.50+5.20
June5,701130,931+4.35+5.80+5.40+5.00
March5,767130,982+4.40+5.79+5.50+5.00
2010
December5,216132,245+3.94+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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