Despite large falls in employment nationally (and to a lesser degree in Queensland), the North of the State appears to have escaped relatively unscathed this month. The Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend series shows trend employment in Cairns fell 400 (with all the losses coming from part-time positions) while Townsville added 200 (also all full-time).
Across the State Greater Brisbane’s Trend unemployment rate now sits at 5.9% while the Rest of QLD is at 4.8%. In Cairns, despite weak employment growth over the past year, a weakness in participation and a contracting labour force sees the Trend unemployment rate stable at 4.3%. Townsville continues to improve with participation up and the unemployment rate just 4.1%.
The complete Conus/CBC Staff Selection Regional Employment Trend & s.a. data series is available for download below. Please feel free to use this data but kindly acknowledge Conus/CBC Staff Selection when you do so.