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Labour force status by region (a), Queensland, 2008–09 to 2018–19 (b)(c)(d)

Labour force region Labour force status Financial year
2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
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Brisbane - East SA4 Employed persons 116,000 115,100 114,200 118,800 112,000 119,300 120,300 122,100 116,300 125,800 130,300
Unemployed persons 4,900 6,800 7,000 6,000 7,100 6,000 6,200 6,700 8,800 6,300 7,000
Labour force 121,000 121,900 121,200 124,700 119,100 125,300 126,500 128,800 125,100 132,100 137,300
Not in the labour force 46,000 48,500 52,100 51,300 59,600 55,600 56,200 55,800 62,100 58,000 55,900
Civilian population aged 15 and over 167,000 170,400 173,300 176,100 178,700 180,900 182,700 184,500 187,200 190,000 193,200
Unemployment rate (%) 4.1 5.6 5.8 4.8 5.9 4.8 4.9 5.2 7.0 4.8 5.1
Participation rate (%) 72.4 71.5 69.9 70.9 66.6 69.3 69.2 69.8 66.8 69.5 71.1
 
Brisbane - North SA4 Employed persons 102,900 102,200 107,800 107,800 107,800 115,700 116,900 113,600 114,500 121,100 127,400
Unemployed persons 3,000 5,800 5,200 4,900 5,300 4,900 6,200 5,800 6,200 6,500 6,700
Labour force 105,900 107,900 113,000 112,700 113,100 120,600 123,200 119,400 120,700 127,600 134,100
Not in the labour force 49,400 50,800 48,500 50,900 53,400 48,500 48,100 54,100 55,400 51,100 47,600
Civilian population aged 15 and over 155,300 158,700 161,400 163,600 166,400 169,100 171,300 173,500 176,100 178,700 181,600
Unemployment rate (%) 2.8 5.3 4.6 4.4 4.7 4.0 5.1 4.9 5.1 5.1 5.0
Participation rate (%) 68.2 68.0 70.0 68.9 67.9 71.3 71.9 68.8 68.5 71.4 73.8
 
Brisbane - South SA4 Employed persons 171,400 174,300 172,400 180,200 186,800 188,000 189,400 197,400 194,700 202,300 196,500
Unemployed persons 7,900 8,600 8,700 8,700 10,000 11,700 11,400 11,400 13,700 11,200 13,800
Labour force 179,300 182,900 181,100 188,900 196,800 199,700 200,800 208,800 208,400 213,500 210,400
Not in the labour force 77,900 79,800 86,400 84,300 81,400 82,500 85,000 81,200 86,800 86,900 95,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 257,200 262,700 267,500 273,300 278,200 282,100 285,800 290,000 295,200 300,500 306,200
Unemployment rate (%) 4.4 4.7 4.8 4.6 5.1 5.9 5.7 5.5 6.6 5.3 6.6
Participation rate (%) 69.7 69.6 67.7 69.1 70.7 70.8 70.3 72.0 70.6 71.1 68.7
 
Brisbane - West SA4 Employed persons 96,200 97,800 94,700 91,700 96,800 94,700 90,400 96,000 93,200 91,800 87,300
Unemployed persons 2,300 3,100 3,000 3,600 4,800 5,600 5,600 5,200 4,900 6,000 5,400
Labour force 98,500 100,900 97,700 95,300 101,600 100,300 96,000 101,200 98,100 97,800 92,600
Not in the labour force 43,000 42,500 46,800 49,800 45,100 47,300 52,400 48,100 52,800 54,700 61,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 141,500 143,400 144,500 145,100 146,800 147,700 148,400 149,300 150,900 152,600 154,400
Unemployment rate (%) 2.3 3.0 3.1 3.7 4.8 5.6 5.9 5.1 5.0 6.2 5.8
Participation rate (%) 69.6 70.4 67.6 65.7 69.2 67.9 64.7 67.8 65.0 64.1 60.0
 
Brisbane Inner City SA4 Employed persons 150,000 149,200 148,200 151,500 142,700 153,900 156,200 161,100 163,800 166,100 175,900
Unemployed persons 4,500 5,900 5,600 6,200 9,400 6,300 7,500 6,500 7,100 6,700 8,500
Labour force 154,500 155,100 153,700 157,700 152,000 160,200 163,700 167,600 170,900 172,800 184,300
Not in the labour force 40,800 43,400 48,000 47,100 57,300 53,600 54,600 55,900 59,600 65,600 62,400
Civilian population aged 15 and over 195,400 198,500 201,700 204,800 209,400 213,800 218,300 223,500 230,600 238,400 246,700
Unemployment rate (%) 2.9 3.8 3.6 3.9 6.2 4.0 4.6 3.9 4.2 3.9 4.6
Participation rate (%) 79.1 78.1 76.2 77.0 72.6 74.9 75.0 75.0 74.1 72.5 74.7
 
Cairns SA4 Employed persons 118,800 116,800 117,600 111,800 118,300 109,400 107,600 107,500 113,600 114,600 125,200
Unemployed persons 8,200 11,800 8,700 9,600 10,700 9,600 9,200 10,100 7,600 7,900 6,000
Labour force 127,000 128,600 126,300 121,400 129,100 119,000 116,800 117,600 121,200 122,500 131,200
Not in the labour force 48,600 50,500 55,300 63,000 58,600 71,400 75,800 77,200 76,200 77,700 72,100
Civilian population aged 15 and over 175,600 179,100 181,600 184,400 187,700 190,400 192,600 194,800 197,500 200,200 203,300
Unemployment rate (%) 6.4 9.2 6.9 7.9 8.3 8.1 7.9 8.6 6.3 6.5 4.6
Participation rate (%) 72.3 71.8 69.5 65.8 68.8 62.5 60.6 60.4 61.4 61.2 64.5
 
Darling Downs - Maranoa SA4 Employed persons 66,500 62,900 61,100 63,600 63,700 68,300 63,300 64,500 61,200 62,300 64,000
Unemployed persons 1,200 2,100 2,700 2,200 1,400 2,500 2,600 2,500 2,500 3,200 3,800
Labour force 67,700 64,900 63,900 65,900 65,100 70,800 66,000 67,000 63,700 65,600 67,800
Not in the labour force 26,200 30,200 32,400 32,200 34,500 29,900 35,200 34,200 37,900 36,400 34,700
Civilian population aged 15 and over 93,800 95,100 96,300 98,100 99,600 100,700 101,200 101,300 101,600 101,900 102,500
Unemployment rate (%) 1.8 3.2 4.3 3.4 2.2 3.6 4.0 3.7 3.9 4.9 5.6
Participation rate (%) 72.1 68.3 66.3 67.1 65.4 70.3 65.2 66.2 62.7 64.3 66.2
 
Central Queensland SA4 Employed persons 102,600 99,600 110,500 112,800 109,500 116,000 115,400 113,800 110,700 109,000 115,100
Unemployed persons 5,500 6,100 7,000 5,700 7,400 6,700 7,700 8,100 8,300 7,900 6,800
Labour force 108,100 105,700 117,400 118,500 116,900 122,600 123,100 121,900 119,000 116,900 121,900
Not in the labour force 54,900 60,300 50,800 52,700 57,500 54,000 54,100 54,500 56,900 59,000 54,400
Civilian population aged 15 and over 163,000 165,900 168,200 171,200 174,400 176,600 177,200 176,400 175,900 175,900 176,300
Unemployment rate (%) 5.1 5.8 5.9 4.8 6.4 5.4 6.3 6.6 7.0 6.8 5.6
Participation rate (%) 66.3 63.7 69.8 69.2 67.0 69.4 69.5 69.1 67.7 66.4 69.1
 
Gold Coast SA4 Employed persons 258,700 259,700 267,800 278,900 276,400 282,200 296,600 313,200 308,400 329,300 341,800
Unemployed persons 13,300 17,200 17,000 17,200 16,900 16,700 18,300 17,700 16,700 15,200 19,300
Labour force 272,000 276,900 284,800 296,100 293,300 298,900 314,900 330,900 325,100 344,500 361,100
Not in the labour force 138,100 143,300 143,800 141,600 154,700 158,000 150,700 144,900 163,400 157,200 154,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 410,100 420,200 428,600 437,700 448,000 456,900 465,700 475,800 488,500 501,600 515,600
Unemployment rate (%) 4.9 6.2 6.0 5.8 5.7 5.6 5.8 5.4 5.1 4.4 5.3
Participation rate (%) 66.3 65.9 66.5 67.6 65.5 65.4 67.6 69.5 66.6 68.7 70.0
 
Ipswich SA4 Employed persons 132,200 130,300 136,600 140,200 140,500 144,400 146,700 150,800 155,800 159,800 165,200
Unemployed persons 6,200 7,800 7,700 8,000 10,700 14,800 11,600 13,100 12,800 14,800 12,100
Labour force 138,400 138,100 144,300 148,200 151,200 159,300 158,300 163,900 168,600 174,600 177,300
Not in the labour force 69,300 76,600 76,400 77,800 82,100 80,800 87,700 88,000 90,100 90,900 95,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 207,700 214,700 220,700 225,900 233,300 240,100 246,000 252,000 258,700 265,500 272,800
Unemployment rate (%) 4.5 5.6 5.3 5.4 7.1 9.3 7.3 8.0 7.6 8.5 6.8
Participation rate (%) 66.6 64.3 65.4 65.6 64.8 66.3 64.3 65.1 65.2 65.8 65.0
 
Logan - Beaudesert SA4 Employed persons 144,600 144,800 150,800 145,800 146,600 129,100 124,700 131,400 146,500 157,400 154,900
Unemployed persons 8,600 10,800 12,100 11,500 10,100 9,300 12,500 9,200 9,500 11,500 13,400
Labour force 153,100 155,600 162,900 157,300 156,700 138,400 137,200 140,500 156,000 168,900 168,300
Not in the labour force 66,900 69,600 66,600 77,200 83,400 106,400 111,100 111,400 100,400 92,200 97,900
Civilian population aged 15 and over 220,000 225,200 229,600 234,500 240,100 244,700 248,300 251,900 256,400 261,100 266,200
Unemployment rate (%) 5.6 7.0 7.4 7.3 6.4 6.7 9.1 6.5 6.1 6.8 8.0
Participation rate (%) 69.6 69.1 71.0 67.1 65.2 56.5 55.3 55.8 60.8 64.7 63.2
 
Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday SA4 Employed persons 95,800 92,700 91,100 94,200 100,000 99,800 92,400 88,200 93,300 99,300 86,600
Unemployed persons 2,900 4,000 3,300 3,200 4,000 4,400 7,300 6,500 5,300 3,500 4,900
Labour force 98,700 96,700 94,400 97,400 104,100 104,100 99,700 94,700 98,700 102,800 91,400
Not in the labour force 30,600 35,400 40,000 39,200 34,400 34,900 38,700 42,600 37,900 33,300 44,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 129,300 132,200 134,400 136,600 138,500 139,100 138,400 137,300 136,500 136,100 135,900
Unemployment rate (%) 2.9 4.2 3.5 3.3 3.9 4.2 7.3 6.8 5.4 3.4 5.3
Participation rate (%) 76.3 73.2 70.2 71.3 75.1 74.9 72.0 69.0 72.3 75.6 67.3
 
Moreton Bay - North SA4 Employed persons 89,800 96,600 96,700 96,700 94,900 101,400 109,800 110,100 107,500 113,100 105,900
Unemployed persons 4,300 6,500 5,300 6,600 7,200 10,400 9,000 8,400 8,200 10,400 10,700
Labour force 94,000 103,100 102,000 103,300 102,100 111,800 118,800 118,500 115,700 123,500 116,600
Not in the labour force 70,900 66,900 72,000 75,800 81,300 75,400 71,700 75,100 81,600 77,600 88,700
Civilian population aged 15 and over 164,900 170,000 174,000 179,100 183,400 187,200 190,500 193,600 197,300 201,100 205,300
Unemployment rate (%) 4.6 6.3 5.2 6.4 7.1 9.3 7.6 7.1 7.1 8.4 9.2
Participation rate (%) 57.0 60.6 58.6 57.7 55.7 59.7 62.4 61.2 58.6 61.4 56.8
 
Moreton Bay - South SA4 Employed persons 81,500 88,500 90,700 91,400 98,500 98,800 100,400 104,700 104,600 107,800 115,700
Unemployed persons 2,800 3,100 3,600 4,300 3,800 4,100 4,500 5,300 5,100 5,600 5,800
Labour force 84,400 91,600 94,300 95,600 102,300 102,900 104,900 110,000 109,700 113,500 121,500
Not in the labour force 38,100 35,400 36,500 38,800 36,400 39,600 41,800 41,400 46,600 47,400 44,200
Civilian population aged 15 and over 122,500 127,000 130,800 134,400 138,600 142,500 146,700 151,400 156,300 160,900 165,800
Unemployment rate (%) 3.3 3.4 3.8 4.5 3.7 4.0 4.3 4.8 4.6 4.9 4.8
Participation rate (%) 68.9 72.2 72.1 71.2 73.8 72.2 71.5 72.7 70.2 70.5 73.3
 
Queensland - Outback SA4 Employed persons 39,800 40,900 41,500 45,100 40,300 48,200 49,600 33,900 31,900 32,700 35,500
Unemployed persons 3,700 5,500 4,800 3,500 2,400 2,300 1,900 5,100 4,900 4,000 6,200
Labour force 43,500 46,500 46,200 48,600 42,700 50,500 51,400 39,000 36,800 36,700 41,700
Not in the labour force 18,900 16,800 17,900 17,100 23,000 14,800 13,000 24,400 25,900 25,600 20,300
Civilian population aged 15 and over 62,400 63,300 64,200 65,600 65,700 65,200 64,400 63,400 62,700 62,300 62,100
Unemployment rate (%) 8.5 11.9 10.3 7.2 5.5 4.5 3.6 13.0 13.3 10.9 14.9
Participation rate (%) 69.7 73.5 72.0 74.0 65.0 77.4 79.8 61.5 58.7 58.9 67.3
 
Sunshine Coast SA4 Employed persons 142,000 144,200 151,400 149,800 150,600 165,600 166,600 173,200 165,500 177,000 183,900
Unemployed persons 7,900 10,000 9,700 9,600 10,800 11,600 12,500 9,000 8,600 10,700 11,700
Labour force 149,900 154,200 161,200 159,400 161,400 177,200 179,200 182,200 174,100 187,600 195,600
Not in the labour force 97,000 98,300 95,700 103,100 108,000 98,600 102,900 106,400 121,800 115,900 115,900
Civilian population aged 15 and over 246,900 252,500 256,900 262,500 269,500 275,800 282,000 288,500 296,000 303,500 311,500
Unemployment rate (%) 5.3 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.7 6.5 7.0 4.9 5.0 5.7 6.0
Participation rate (%) 60.7 61.1 62.7 60.7 59.9 64.2 63.5 63.1 58.8 61.8 62.8
 
Toowoomba SA4 Employed persons 67,000 68,400 68,200 71,800 69,000 69,900 67,100 70,800 75,100 75,500 72,000
Unemployed persons 1,400 2,700 3,100 3,800 5,300 3,600 3,800 3,100 4,600 4,100 3,700
Labour force 68,400 71,100 71,300 75,600 74,300 73,500 70,800 73,800 79,600 79,600 75,700
Not in the labour force 41,000 40,100 41,100 38,400 41,600 44,000 48,000 46,200 42,100 44,100 50,100
Civilian population aged 15 and over 109,400 111,200 112,400 114,000 116,000 117,500 118,900 120,100 121,800 123,700 125,800
Unemployment rate (%) 2.1 3.8 4.3 5.0 7.1 4.9 5.3 4.2 5.7 5.1 4.9
Participation rate (%) 62.5 64.0 63.4 66.3 64.1 62.6 59.6 61.5 65.4 64.4 60.2
 
Townsville SA4 Employed persons 116,800 116,500 122,300 115,400 117,000 106,700 110,100 98,700 98,400 107,500 106,600
Unemployed persons 4,300 6,200 6,300 8,500 5,900 8,000 10,500 10,500 10,500 10,800 8,100
Labour force 121,000 122,800 128,600 123,800 122,900 114,700 120,700 109,200 109,000 118,300 114,700
Not in the labour force 43,700 45,400 42,600 49,600 53,400 63,800 59,200 71,200 72,500 64,700 70,400
Civilian population aged 15 and over 164,700 168,100 171,200 173,400 176,300 178,500 179,800 180,500 181,500 183,100 185,100
Unemployment rate (%) 3.5 5.1 4.9 6.8 4.8 7.0 8.7 9.7 9.7 9.1 7.1
Participation rate (%) 73.5 73.0 75.1 71.4 69.7 64.3 67.1 60.5 60.0 64.6 62.0
 
Wide Bay SA4 Employed persons 113,800 114,800 111,300 116,100 117,000 107,300 100,800 111,600 111,800 112,000 112,500
Unemployed persons 7,800 8,300 8,400 10,100 10,800 10,200 12,900 10,900 10,600 11,900 8,900
Labour force 121,600 123,100 119,600 126,200 127,800 117,500 113,600 122,500 122,300 123,900 121,300
Not in the labour force 94,600 97,500 103,600 100,800 103,200 116,300 122,200 115,200 117,900 118,700 124,200
Civilian population aged 15 and over 216,200 220,500 223,200 227,000 231,000 233,800 235,800 237,800 240,200 242,700 245,500
Unemployment rate (%) 6.5 6.7 7.0 8.0 8.5 8.7 11.3 8.9 8.6 9.6 7.3
Participation rate (%) 56.2 55.8 53.6 55.6 55.3 50.3 48.2 51.5 50.9 51.1 49.4
 
Queensland Employed persons 2,206,300 2,215,300 2,254,800 2,283,600 2,288,500 2,318,600 2,324,200 2,362,500 2,366,600 2,464,500 2,502,100
Unemployed persons 100,700 132,500 129,100 133,100 144,000 148,700 161,300 155,100 156,100 158,400 162,800
Labour force 2,307,000 2,347,800 2,383,900 2,416,700 2,432,400 2,467,300 2,485,500 2,517,600 2,522,700 2,622,900 2,664,900
Not in the labour force 1,095,900 1,131,100 1,156,400 1,190,600 1,249,200 1,275,200 1,308,600 1,327,900 1,388,200 1,357,000 1,390,900
Civilian population aged 15 and over 3,402,900 3,478,900 3,540,300 3,607,300 3,681,600 3,742,600 3,794,100 3,845,500 3,910,900 3,979,900 4,055,800
Unemployment rate (%) 4.4 5.6 5.4 5.5 5.9 6.0 6.5 6.2 6.2 6.0 6.1
Participation rate (%) 67.8 67.5 67.3 67.0 66.1 65.9 65.5 65.5 64.5 65.9 65.7
SA4 = Statistical Area Level 4 (ASGS 2016 edition)
Note: The labour force statistics are on a sample basis and will include a sampling error. Caution should be used when making inferences from these estimates.
 
(a) Based on persons aged 15 years and over.
(b) Yearly averages of monthly data.
(c) Data have been rounded to the nearest 100 persons. Percentages are based on pre-rounded figures.
(d) The Australian Bureau of Statistics introduced new Labour Force Regions based on SA4s in January 2014 and backcast data to October 1998. As such a longer time series is not available.
  
Source: ABS 6291.0.55.001, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, June 2019
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