It’s clear that on almost all labour force measures the Rest of QLD is falling far behind Greater Brisbane

A more detailed analysis of the Conus Trend Queensland Regional Jobs data released yesterday (see here for comments and to download the data) shows us clearly how the Rest of Queensland (RoQ) is falling behind Greater Brisbane in almost all measures over the past 12 months.

  • Greater Brisbane has added 23,000 jobs (10,900 Full-time) while RoQ has lost 12,600 (and lost 28,100 Full-time jobs).
  • The number unemployed has fallen by 300 in Greater Brisbane; it’s up by almost 5,000 in RoQ.
  • The Unemployment rate has fallen by 0.1% in Greater Brisbane; in RoQ it’s up by 0.4% (and 1.5% higher overall).
  • The Employment/Working Population measure in Greater Brisbane is at 63 and is up 0.3; in Roq it’s just 58.5 and has fallen 1.3.
  • Middle aged unemployment rate in Greater Brisbane is 4.4% (down 0.4% this year) while it’s up 0.9% at 6.5% in RoQ
  • Only when we consider the number of Youth employed, and Part-time jobs, do the regions do slightly better than Greater Brisbane.

It’s clearly time that the ongoing rhetoric from both sides of politics about a desire to develop the regions actually translated into real policy; because it certainly ain’t happening yet!

Full details, together with some of the stand-out regional movers listed below.

Employment

Greater Brisbane +23,000 – major moves; Logan-Beaudesert +11,300 and Brisbane Inner City +8,700
RoQ -12,600 – major moves; Townsville -12,400, Sunshine Coast -7,100, Darling Downs-Maranoa +6,000

Unemployment

Greater Brisbane -300 – major moves; Brisbane South +4,100, Logan-Beaudesert -2,700
RoQ +4,800 – major moves; Townsville +4,900, Sunshine Coast -3,100

Unemployment Rate

Greater Brisbane 5.7% (-0.1%) – major moves; Logan 6% (-2.4%), Brisbane South 6.6% (+1.9%)
RoQ 7.2% (+0.4%) – major moves; Outback 13.1% (+8.7%), Townsville 12.6% (+5%), Fitzroy 6.2% (-2.3%)

Employment/Working Population

Greater Brisbane 63 (+0.3) – major moves; Ipswich 57.4 (-3.6), Logan-Beaudesert 52.9 (+3.6)
RoQ 58.5 (-1.3) – major moves Darling Downs-Maranoa 66.3 (+5.7), Townsville 51.7 (-6.6)

Youth Employment

Greater Brisbane -1,800 – major moves; Ipswich -8,400, Brisbane Inner City +8,800
RoQ -1,600 – major moves; Sunshine Coast -7,800, Gold Coast +8,300

Middle Employment

Greater Brisbane +7,400 – major moves; Logan-Beaudesert +18,100, Brisbane South -17,000
RoQ -14,200 – major moves; Townsville -12,200, Mackay +4,000, Cairns +3,800

Older Employment

Greater Brisbane +17,400 – major moves; Moreton Bay North & South both +8,500, Brisbane North -3,700
RoQ +3,200 – major moves; Townsville -5,100, Wide Bay +6,800

Youth Unemployment Rate

Greater Brisbane 11.5% (-0.3%) – major moves; Brisbane Inner City 3.2% (-12.5%), Brisbane West 14.3% (+8.6%)
RoQ 15.2% (-0.1%) – major moves; Cairns 32.5% (+12.0), Mackay 7.7% (-10.8%)

Middle Unemployment Rate

Greater Brisbane 4.4% (-0.4%) – major moves; Brisbane North 2.8% (-3.6%), Brisbane South 5.5% (+1.9%)
RoQ 6.5% (+0.9) – major moves; Outback 14.2% (+7.1%), Townsville 11.4% (+5.3%), Sunshine Coast 3.9% (-1.7%)

Older Unemployment Rate

Greater Brisbane 3.8% (+0.5%) – major moves; Ipswich 7% (+3.1%), Logan-Beaudesert 2.2% (-3.3%)
RoQ 4.2% (-0.4%) – major moves; Townsville 7.8% (+5.8%), Sunshine Coast 2.6% (-3.2%)

Full-time Employment

Greater Brisbane +10,900 – major moves; Brisbane South -6,200, Logan-Beaudesert +8,500
RoQ -28,100 – major moves; Towsnville -10,700, Sunshine Coast -7,300, Mackay +3,000

Part-time Employment

Greater Brisbane +12,200 – major moves; Moreton Bay South +7,600, Ipswich -5,100
RoQ +15,500 – major moves Fitzroy +9,000, Gold Coast +5,100, Outback -2,500

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