The Dept of Social Services data for JobSeekers shows total recipients edged higher in December. The number of those receiving JobSeeker or Youth Allowance (other) payments increased by 1.3% from November to 1.47 million. Our own Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend, and the ABS labour force survey data for the number unemployed still points to a topping out, although future months could see this revised.
In Queensland the increase was even greater (up 3.3% to 332,658) but here too the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend suggests an improving trend is likely still intact.
When we consider the data closer to home we see Cairns SA4 registered a 4.4% increase (to 22,818) while Townsville was also up 4.5% to 16,754. The Trend shows a similar pattern to that seen at the State and National level.
The full Conus/CBC Staff Selection Regional JobSeeker Trend & s.a. data is available for download below. Please feel free to use this data but kindly acknowledge Conus/CBC Staff Selection when you do so.