The surge in regional Building Approvals is waning

Data today from the ABS confirms that the recent slowdown in building approvals growth we have seen across Queensland (year/year increase in August down to +32% from +96% as recently as March) is being driven primarily by a slowdown in the regions. The August regional data from the ABS, when …read more

Trend employment in Cairns not being impacted by the tourism lock-out….yet

The ABS release of original regional labour force data today allows us to update the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Regional Employment series. This shows us that, despite the tourism slowdown caused by the NSW, Victoria and ACT lockdowns (and the resultant lock-out for the Cairns tourism sector), Trend employment in Cairns …read more

Another look at what’s driving participation rate changes in the QLD regions

We have updated our occasional look at the factors driving Participation Rate changes in the regions of Queensland for the latest data to July. Full details of the methodology used for this analysis can be found on a previous post. This latest analysis considers changes in PR since Jan 2019. …read more

The race is on to vaccinate the North

As I noted in my post last week (see here) it is vital, if the Far North is to survive over coming months and flourish ‘on the other side of COVID’, that we ensure a high level of vaccination to ensure visitors, and locals, can feel as safe as possible …read more

Employment lifts in Cairns in July as the unemployment rate remains at 5.0%

This month again sees employment improving in Cairns. Participation improved slightly (+0.3 ppts) and the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend unemployment rate is now at 5.0%, which is a little above the Queensland average of 5.2%. Annual Trend employment growth has turned positive (+3.2%) although this is still relatively weak when …read more

Slowing of QLD’s building approvals boom is largely due to a slowing of growth in the regions

Today’s’ ABS original regional building approvals data for June allows us to update our Conus Trend series for Queensland regions. As we saw last week QLD’s rate of growth of approvals fell to 38.5% y/y (seasonally adjusted) in June; it had been as high as 86.6% in March. What today’s …read more

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

Regional Building Approvals ease

Having seen an easing in residential building approvals both nationally and at the State level reported last week it is no surprise to see the same trend playing out at the regional level in Queensland. ABS original data to May, when seen through the lens of the Conus Trend, sees …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

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

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