Cairns Trend employment remains unchanged while Townsville adds another 900

The ABS original regional Labour Force data for June allows us to update our own Conus/CBC Staff Selection Regional Employment Trend & s.a. series. This shows that the solid growth in employment seen across the State (see here for details) last week is reflected in both Greater Brisbane and the …read more

More strong jobs data; QLD unemployment rate now at its lowest since Apr 2009

The June labour market survey data from the ABS released this morning has (once again) exceeded market expectations; although it’s not all great news. Employment lifted by 29,100 in the month and is now up 6.3% from a year ago (or 777,900 more people employed than at this stage last …read more

Which industry sectors are responsible for QLD’s better Payrolls performance?

The ABS today released Payrolls data for the week to 19th June which showed Queensland’s performance was now 0.5 ppts better than the national average (103.9 versus 103.4). By considering the Payrolls data by Industry Sector and weighting this by the percentage of employment within each Industry Sector (from the …read more

Public/Private Sector Employment data shows QLD doing well

The recent quarterly Labour Force data from the ABS for the May quarter provides us with an insight into the split between Public and Private Sector employment at national and State levels. The data is provided only in its original, unadjusted form and we use this to estimate a Conus …read more

Cairns Trend employment up; unemployment rate down

The ABS original regional labour force data yesterday has allowed us to update the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend Regional Employment Trend series for Queensland for May. What we see is strong growth across the State (as expected after last week’s release of the State data showed the unemployment rate falling …read more

Online Job Vacancies in the Far North surge

Data for May shows online job vacancies in the Far North have jumped again and are now up 102.6% for the year. However, despite solid improvements in JobSeeker numbers in the region, those registered at CentreLink remain elevated compared to the pre-COVID period. The vacancy numbers confirm what many on …read more

Jobseekers fall again in May

Continuing the trend that has been in place almost every month since the middle of last year, Jobseeker numbers for May have again dropped. Across the nation the number claiming JobSeeker or Youth Allowance (other) in May fell by about 44,000 from April (-3.7% m/m). Queensland saw a 9,200 decline …read more

Extraordinary jobs report takes unemployment rate back to pre-COVID level

The May labour market data from the ABS has been released this morning and has exceeded even the most bullish of analyst’s forecasts. While employment had been expected to bounce back from a weaker April and be up about 30-31K, the unemployment rate was forecast to remain unchanged around the …read more

Queensland Public Service employment grew more slowly than population in the year to March (finally!)

While yesterday’s focus was on the delivery of the 2021-22 Budget the Queensland Government also quietly slipped out the (delayed) bi-annual release of the Public Service Workforce statistics for March 2021. This showed total headcount within the Public Service rose 1.3% y/y in the face of a 1.6% y/y increase …read more

March Labour Account shows average income growth slowing as labour market supports ease

The ABS have just released the March 2021 quarter Labour Account data series which provides a wealth of information. One thing it allows us to do is take a  look at incomes across various industry sectors and how they have changed in the past 12 months. The data provides us, for …read more

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