Our previous blog regarding the Dept of Employment Small Area Labour Market (SALM) data contained a graph showing the unemployment rate for the Cassowary Coast, Cairns and Townsville Local Government Areas. We had previously been tracking the aggregated unemployment rate for the CCRC using the “old” Statistical Local Area data for Cardwell and Johnstone. We have now gone back and aggregated that data for the old SLAs which make up Cairns and Townsville LGAs. We only have access to data back to the first quarter of 2010.
The graph makes very clear the significantly different stories for Cairns and Townsville over the past 4 years.