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Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas - 2013



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Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas - 2013

Posted 1/05/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently changed the dissemination of

regional data from the monthly Labour Force Survey to reflect a new geographic

standard. The Labour Force Survey is a key source of data on employment,

unemployment, the labour force and associated rates and ratios. The change

was designed to provide more robust data for smaller geographic areas, with a

focus on regional labour markets.

The smallest geographic areas for labour force data are Statistical Areas Level 4

(SA4), with estimates available for 87 spatial areas across Australia. SA4 data is

from the original (unadjusted) series and therefore caution should be used when

interpreting any changes, as some estimates may be subject to high sampling

errors. The ABS releases regional labour force data in their publication, Labour

Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic delivery (Cat. No. 6291.0.55.001), see

Table 16 and Data Cube RM1.

SA4 estimates can be used to provide some indication of labour market

conditions in Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CEDs). For further information

on SA4s and suggested matches based on 2012 boundaries refer to Youth

unemployment statistics for small geographic areas: a quick guide. More

information on youth unemployment, the concepts and definitions is provided

in Labour Stats 101 youth unemployment: a quick guide.

The following table provides the 2013 annual average youth unemployment

rates for SA4s, as well as comparable state/territory (or part thereof) estimates.

The annual averages have been calculated using 12 months of original data

from January to December.

Across the SA4s, the youth unemployment rate in 2013 ranged from 5.7% to

20.2%. The three SA4s with the lowest annual average youth unemployment

rates were: Perth - Inner (5.7%), Shepparton (5.9%) and Darwin (6.4%). The three

SA4s with the highest rates of youth unemployment were: Tasmania - West and

North West (20.2%), Adelaide - North (19.8%) and Northern Territory - Outback

(19.3%).

Youth unemployment (15 to 24 years) by Statistical Areas - 2013 (annual average)

State/Territory and Statistical Areas Level 4 Unemployment rate (%)

New South Wales 11.8

Greater Sydney 11.3

Central Coast 10.4

Sydney - Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury 12.1

Sydney - Blacktown 15.6

Sydney - City and Inner South 9.8

Sydney - Eastern Suburbs 6.8

Sydney - Inner South West 11.3

Sydney - Inner West 7.0

Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby 10.4

Sydney - Northern Beaches 8.1

Sydney - Outer South West 11.2

Sydney - Outer West and Blue Mountains 11.5

Sydney - Parramatta 18.0

Sydney - Ryde 9.1

Sydney - South West 14.9

Sydney - Sutherland 7.5

Rest of NSW 12.7

Capital Region 8.9

NSW - Central West 14.0

Coffs Harbour - Grafton 12.3

Far West and Orana 12.9

Hunter Valley exc Newcastle 8.6

Illawarra 15.9

Mid North Coast 12.1

Murray 10.2

New England and North West 14.5

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie 13.9

Richmond - Tweed 12.3

Riverina 12.4

Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven 16.3

Victoria 12.5

Greater Melbourne 12.8

Melbourne - Inner 12.9

Melbourne - Inner East 13.1

Melbourne - Inner South 11.3

Melbourne - North East 12.4

Melbourne - North West 15.0

Melbourne - Outer East 11.9

Melbourne - South East 12.1

Melbourne - West 14.3

Mornington Peninsula 12.1

Rest of Vic 11.6

Ballarat 11.0

Bendigo 13.9

Geelong 13.0

Hume 17.6

Latrobe - Gippsland 10.2

Victoria - North West 8.1

Shepparton 5.9

Warrnambool and South West 14.0

Queensland 13.0

Greater Brisbane 13.2

Brisbane - East 15.4

Brisbane - North 7.9

Brisbane - South 14.6

Brisbane - West 10.7

Brisbane Inner City 11.4

Ipswich 15.2

Logan - Beaudesert 15.3

Moreton Bay - North 17.6

Moreton Bay - South 7.8

Rest of Qld 12.9

Cairns 19.1

Darling Downs - Maranoa 8.3

Fitzroy 13.8

Gold Coast 12.7

Mackay 8.8

Queensland - Outback 11.5

Sunshine Coast 12.2

Toowoomba 12.4

Townsville 10.1

Wide Bay 17.9

South Australia 13.7

Greater Adelaide 14.4

Adelaide - Central and Hills 11.3

Adelaide - North 19.8

Adelaide - South 12.3

Adelaide - West 13.1

Rest of SA 10.7

Barossa - Yorke - Mid North 12.6

South Australia - Outback 14.7

South Australia - South East 7.7

Western Australia 9.4

Greater Perth 8.9

Mandurah 17.7

Perth - Inner 5.7

Perth - North East 9.7

Perth - North West 8.2

Perth - South East 7.9

Perth - South West 11.0

Rest of WA 11.5

Bunbury 9.8

Western Australia - Outback 11.9

Western Australia - Wheat Belt 12.7

Tasmania 17.2

Greater Hobart 14.2

Rest of Tas 19.4

Launceston and North East 19.0

Tasmania - South East 18.7

Tasmania - West and North West 20.2

Northern Territory 11.8

Darwin 6.4

Northern Territory - Outback 19.3

Australian Capital Territory 11.4

Notes to table

• Annual average calculated using 12 months of original (unadjusted) data. • Due to the sample size involved, some sampling errors may be quite high and the estimates should therefore be interpreted with caution.

• The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed expressed as a proportion of the labour force (in the same age group).

• There are no sub-territory regions for the ACT. • More information on Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4) is available from ABS, Information Paper: Regional Labour Force Statistics, 2014, Cat. no. 6262.0.

Source: ABS, Labour force, detailed - electronic delivery, March 2014, Cat. no. 6291.0.55.001 (Data Cube

RM1)