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

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

JobSeekers fall in April despite the end of JobKeeper, but there is a caveat

Data for April shows those receiving JobSeeker and Youth Allowance (other) payments fell by 9.2% from March (or about 120,000 people) despite JobKeeper ending. However, there is a caveat; the eligibility for two groups of people (those with partners earning more than $2,079.50 a fortnight, and those permanent residents who …read more

Building Approvals in the North continue to soar

March data today from the ABS allows us to update our Conus Trend series for regional building approvals in Queensland and, once again, it shows approvals in the regions booming. While approvals across the nation were up 47.4% y/y (s.a.) in Queensland the rate of growth was an even more …read more

Population in the North underperforms

In the year to end June 2020 population in Australia was up 1.3%; with 41% of that increase coming from natural growth and the other 59% from external migration. In Queensland we saw growth of 1.6%; with 34% being accounted for by natural growth, 31% from internal migration and 35% …read more

Building Approvals stay strong in the North

Despite some weakness in the national and state data for January, which showed some significant month-on-month declines (see here for details), figures released today for the regions show that strength was maintained in the North. The data for the SA4 regions in Queensland, when seen through the lens of the …read more

After a brief uptick in Dec JobSeeker numbers continue to fall in Jan

Data from the Dept of Social Services released today shows that JobSeeker numbers (incl YA (other)) fell in January, continuing a pattern that had been briefly interrupted in December. The original DSS data showed JobSeekers had fallen by 102,758 (or 7%) between Dec and Jan. Since January 2020 this was …read more

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