Pretty good jobs numbers for QLD; despite the headline unemployment rate moving higher again

Once again in Sept the ABS Labour Force data provides a complex and rather confusing picture. Across the nation employment fell slightly (down 29,500) which was somewhat better than had been expected. Despite a very small decline in the participation rate this saw the headline unemployment rate nudge back up …read more

Cairns airport slowly improving

While international travellers through Cairns airport remain virtually non-existent (241 in Sept) domestic passengers continue to improve, albeit slowly. Passengers, including those transiting through Cairns, were down 69% from a year earlier; in August the decline was 77%. There’s a long way to go!

Cairns building approvals hit a 2-year high

Last week saw the national and state residential building approvals data for August (see here for details), today we got the original ABS regional data which allows us to update our Conus Trend series. Although approvals in Queensland were up 12.0% from a year ago, today’s data shows us that …read more

It’s small business that’s taking the jobs hit

The weekly payrolls data from the ABS up to 19th Sept shows that it’s small businesses (fewer than 20 employees) which are suffering the highest job losses; a situation only likely to have been further exacerbated as the JobKeeper stimulus began to wind-back from the end of Sept. While total …read more

Google Mobility data shows QLD’s regions leading the State’s performance

After a spell of limited data coming from the Google Community Mobility data (due to them revising a few of the indexes) we now have data up to the end of Sept (data available here). The combined indexes show a generally stabilising trend over recent weeks. Victoria has partially recovered …read more

National Visitor Survey confirms TNQ did ‘better’ than most regions in year to June

The release today by Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey for the year to June (see here for details) shows domestic visitor numbers fell by 18.8% for the year across the nation with expenditure down 16.2%,  In Queensland the declines were similar, visitors fell 19.3% while expenditure was down 15.6%. …read more

Building Approvals drop, but QLD does rather better

August residential building approvals data showed a decline of 1.6% on the month for a very modest 0.6% gain over the past 12 months. House approvals are now up 12.3% y/y while the far more volatile unit approvals are down 18.1% across Australia. Queensland’s numbers are somewhat better. Approvals were …read more

The effect of Melbourne’s lockdown on employment

As Melbourne’s lockdown starts to ease the August regional employment data released on Thursday (when seen through the lens of the Conus Trend) clearly shows us the impact the restrictions have had when compared to the Rest of Victoria. Trend employment in Greater Melbourne has fallen 163,000 since March, or …read more

Trend unemployment rates fall across the QLD regions

Today’s release by the ABS of the monthly regional labour force data for August allows us to update the Conus/CBC Staff Selection data-sets for the Queensland regions. The strong data at the national and State level reported last week (see here for details) was reflected in generally better results across …read more

August Labour Force data much stronger than had been expected

The ABS Labour Force data for August has shown an unexpected jump in the number employed (up 111,000 versus expectations of a 40,000 fall, and a 4,500 upward revision to the July data) and a fall in the unemployment rate to 6.8% (from 7.5%). Participation was slightly higher and the …read more

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