Higher incidence of long-term unemployment in outer metro areas, Qld outback and Wide Bay

Around one-in-five of the 150,000 or so unemployed people in Queensland have been out of work for one year or more, corresponding to around 30,000 people, according to ABS labour force data. There is considerable variation in the incidence of long-term unemployment across Queensland regions, with long-term unemployment particularly high in outer areas of the Brisbane metro region and in the Queensland outback and Wide Bay regions (see maps below), where the incidence of long-term unemployment (% of unemployed out of work for one year or more) is approaching 30%. Here’s the Queensland map:

Qld map of LTUAnd here’s the close up for South-East Queensland:

LTU_SEQ

Higher long-term unemployment in outer areas of the Brisbane metro region will partly reflect difficulties people in these areas face in accessing employment opportunities that might exist elsewhere in the metro region, whether due to transportation issues or not being part of the right networks that would allow these opportunities to be seized. The geographical separation of highly advantaged and disadvantaged areas in the metro region, with significant disadvantage existing in outer areas, is one reason we should consider policies to promote higher-density living. My friend and colleague Brad Rogers has previously posted on how greater urban density and less urban sprawl would deliver substantial economic and social benefits:

Old Queenslanders in a New City

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