Characteristics of the unemployed

6.6% of the resident workforce of Whitsunday 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 Whitsunday go to the Unemployment page.

Data source

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

Current area:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers key statistics
Namenumber%. % Queenslandnumber%. % Queensland2011 to 2016
Key statistics
Total persons1,116100.0100.0770100.0100.0+346
Unemployment rate--6.67.6--4.793.9+1.9%
Age structure
15 - 24 years23521.135.620626.82.4+29
25 - 54 years62255.750.845459.03.4+168
55 - 64 years22920.511.99712.60.6+132
65 years and over272.41.791.20.1+18
Looking for
Full-time work81773.260.151867.34.0+299
Part-time work30727.539.925032.52.4+57
Bachelor or higher degree726.513.7415.30.7+31
Advanced diploma or diploma827.38.1476.10.4+35
Certificate level32228.924.618223.61.4+140
No qualifications59453.250.446260.03.6+132
Highest level of schooling
Year 1244239.654.328937.53.1+153
Year 1116715.011.510313.40.8+64
Under Year 1048543.532.235546.12.4+130
Education institute attending
Not Attending95985.973.866986.95.0+290
Secondary school292.67.1273.50.4+2
Field of qualification
Natural and Physical Sciences181.61.440.50.1+14
Information Technology80.71.991.20.1-1
Engineering and Related Technologies12811.58.3577.40.4+71
Architecture and Building565.02.9415.30.2+15
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies111.01.2141.80.1-3
Management and Commerce867.711.8577.40.6+29
Society and Culture524.77.3303.90.4+22
Creative Arts131.22.440.50.1+9
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services625.64.1334.30.2+29
Mixed Field Programmes000.20--0.0--
Other characteristics
Speaks a language other than English at home978.717.4577.40.9+40
Arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016585.28.6--------
Has internet access at home84275.485.656172.95.2+281
Has child care responsibilities (own or others)32228.929.623029.92.0+92

Whitsunday Regional Council

economic profile