Category Archives: Labour market

612 ABC Brisbane radio interview on Qld having nation’s highest unemployment rate

Yesterday I had an enjoyable chat with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the latest ABS Labour Force estimates, which, as I reported in yesterday’s post, revealed Queensland is the only state with an unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Qld only state/territory with 6%+ unemployment rate

The Queensland economy continues to under-perform based on the latest ABS Labour Force estimates released this morning. The state unemployment rate is stuck at 6.2% (in trend terms) while the national rate fell to 5.1% in October from 5.2% in … Continue reading

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Occupational employment shares in Qld & rest of Australia over the last 30 years

In my previous post I compared the shares of employed people in different occupations across states and territories: Professionals’ share of employment much lower in Qld than in southern states. Based on several questions I’ve had regarding that post, I … Continue reading

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Professionals’ share of employment much lower in Qld than in southern states

Regular reader Mike Willis made an excellent comment regarding my previous post breaking down the difference between Queensland’s unemployment rate and the rate for the rest of Australia, with Mike observing: Am I correct in guessing that the relative deficit … Continue reading

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Unemployment rates in Qld and rest of Australia: breaking down the contributions of different age groups

Higher unemployment among young Queenslanders than their peers in southern states, as well as a higher proportion of 15-19 year olds in the labour force, account for a large part of the difference between Queensland’s unemployment rate, stuck at just … Continue reading

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National jobless rate may be lowest in 7 years, but Qld’s is ½ percentage pt higher than in 2011-12

The Australian’s Friday front page was emailed out earlier tonight, and it reports “Jobless rate at lowest in seven years.” This may be the case for Australia, but it’s not so for Queensland, where the unemployment rate is stuck around … Continue reading

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Qld economy continues to under-perform

The Queensland economy continues to under-perform relative to the NSW and Victorian economies. In my post earlier this month, I noted that the Queensland economy remains lukewarm. Economic conditions are much stronger in NSW and Victoria than in Queensland, as … Continue reading

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