Queensland Public Service employment details March 2022

The biannual report on the status of the Queensland Public Service workforce for March 2022 shows that Public Service headcount grew by 1.9% y/y and now represents 10.5% (its lowest level since March 2016) of the total number employed in the State. Over the course of the year total employment …read more

Another strong labour market report

The Australian labour market strengthened again in May. Employment lifted by 60,600 (with an increase in full-time positions of 69,400) and the unemployment rate remained steady at 3.9%. The fact that hours worked per capital rose by 0.8% m/m and now sits at a 11-year high of 88 hrs/capita indicates …read more

Change to Conus Trend and Seasonal Adjustment series

Up to now Conus has used X-12-ARIMA for the seasonal adjustment and trend estimation of a variety of regional data sets, including the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Regional Employment data. X-12-ARIMA was the successor to the X-11 method implemented by the US Census Bureau and is used by many statistical agencies …read more

Almost 300 new businesses in Cairns in the past year

Latest data from the ABS for the 2020/21 financial year shows the total number of businesses in the Cairns Regional Council area grew by 289 over the past year. If we compare to the most recent pre-COVID data (i.e. 2018/19) we see 229 more businesses. Between 2019 and 2021 the …read more

Unemployment hits new lows

The unemployment rate in April has hit its lowest level since mid-1974 at just 3.9% (March was revised down from 4.0% to 3.9%) as another 4,000 were added to those employed. However, of real note was a huge jump in full-time positions (up 92,400) which saw total hours worked up …read more

Cairns Trend employment hits record highs in March

The ABS original regional labour force data released today allows us to update the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Regional Employment Trend. This shows that Trend employment in Cairns increased in March by another 1,800 and for the first time ever now sits above 141,000 (actually 141,100). Despite the Participation Rate once …read more

Cairns adds another 1,100 to Trend employment; unemployment rate stable at 4.0%

The original ABS regional labour force data for Feb, released this morning, allows us to update our own Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend series. This shows Trend employment growing in Greater Brisbane at a significantly faster pace than across the Rest of QLD. Greater Brisbane has added 72,400 to Trend employment …read more

Unemployment rate drops again. QLD also strong

The official unemployment rate in February fell to 4.0% (from 4.2%) with the national economy adding another 77,400 to those employed (after a strong upward revision to the Jan data). The number of people employed in full-time employment also jumped, up 121,900,  Participation also moved higher (to 66.4%). Adding to …read more

Unemployment rate stable but hours worked shows where the weakness is. Strong month for QLD

The Labour Force Survey data from the ABS for January shows an additional 12,900 people employed (although full-0time positions dropped 17,000) and a participation rate that edged slightly higher. As a result the headline unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.2%. Annual employment growth dipped slightly to 2.8% (from 2.9%) However, …read more

Cairns Trend unemployment rate at just 4.0% in December

Regional ABS Labour Force data, when seen through the lens of the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend & s.a. series, shows Cairns having gained 5,500 jobs over the course of the year to December (although this remains more than 4,000 below the employment level of Feb 2020). Even with participation picking …read more

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