Regional jobs data looking good in the North

Last week we noted that increases in participation across Queensland saw the headline unemployment rate lift despite some solid employment growth (see here for details). Today’s regional data, when seen through the lens of the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend data, allows us to see how that played out across the …read more

JobSeekers data continues to improve….

We’ve been away for a few days…..here’s a hint as to what we’ve been doing….. …so have only today been able to look at the latest JobSeeker data for September which was released last week. Jobseekers across the nation fell by 3.6% for the month and are now down to …read more

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

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

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

QLD Public Sector employment data

The QLD Govt last week finally released their Public Sector employment data for March 2020 (which is to be now a biannual rather than quarterly release); this is the first such release since the June 2019 quarter results. It shows FTE employment across the State increased by 1.7% for the …read more

Regional Building Approvals data shows some improvement in Cairns

The regional Building Approvals data from the ABS (released last week while we were away) allows us to update the Conus Trend series for the QLD regions. While approvals in July across QLD were down 16.2% y/y, the Conus data shows that most of that fall is occurring in the …read more

Latest Conus modeling

The second quarter GDP release earlier this week (see here for details) allows us to update our Conus model for Australia, Queensland and the various LGAs in our region. Australia’s second quarter GDP fell by 7.0% q/q for a 6.3% y/y decline. Although we got data for the Queensland Q2 …read more

Trend unemployment lifts across QLD regions. Cairns hits 8.7%

Not surprisingly, given the poor State performance noted last week (see here for details), the labour markets across most of QLD have deteriorated in July according to the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend. The Trend unemployment rate, which sits at 8.8% in QLD, lifted to 8.7% in Greater Brisbane and 9.0% …read more

Trend building approvals hit record low in Cairns in June

Today saw the release of the ABS original regional building approvals data for June, which allowed us to update the Conus Trend data series. While residential approvals fell 17.3% in Queensland in June (see here for more detail) today’s data shows that it’s the regions outside Greater Brisbane where the …read more

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