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ABS should review administration of Labour Force Survey in North Qld

I remember one of the old hands in the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office telling me back around 2000 that they once queried the ABS about the reliability of labour force data for Queensland, and were told the main point of … Continue reading

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Qld Treasury GRP figures show Far North really struggled post-financial crisis

Queensland Treasury released its latest gross regional product (GRP) estimates yesterday, and they confirm that Far North Queensland really struggled in the post-financial crisis period, with the Far North’s GRP (in real terms) actually marginally contracting between 2006-07 and 2010-11 (see … Continue reading

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HIA still worried about Qld housing industry

Building approvals are a reasonably good leading indicator of economic activity across the economy because the construction industry employs nearly 10% of the workforce (see this OESR table) and it buys a lot of products from other parts of the … Continue reading

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Doubling of FIFO/DIDO workers in Surat Basin in 2012

I just noticed that the Government Statistician/OESR released the 2012 Surat Basin Population Report yesterday and it shows a 97% increase in fly in-fly out (FIFO) and drive in-drive out (DIDO) workers in the Surat Basin between June 2011 and … Continue reading

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Qld still has second highest population growth rate in Australia

OESR has published a useful information brief on today’s new ABS population data, from which I’ve copied the chart below showing Queensland is still performing reasonably well in population growth terms. The ABS media release on the data is worth a read. … Continue reading

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Federal fiscal restraint also contributed to Qld’s September qtr slowdown

I’m grateful again to OESR for its repackaging and analysis of ABS data, as its National Accounts State Details brief released yesterday contains a handy table unpacking the September quarter fall in State Final Demand of 1.6%. I’ve reproduced the … Continue reading

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Temporary weakness due to public sector restraint continues

Today’s ABS labour force data weren’t encouraging for Queensland, with the unemployment rate remaining significantly higher than the national average, as shown in this chart from OESR’s labour force brief: I remain of the view that Queensland’s higher unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Ipswich to lead building industry recovery

There is more encouraging news for the building industry today, with a report that Queensland’s biggest housing development, at Ripley Valley 5km south-west of Ipswich CBD, has commenced, as reported in the Queensland Times: AFTER more than five years of … Continue reading

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