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Labour force status by region (a), Queensland, 2005–06 to 2015–16 (b)(c)(d)

Labour force region Labour force status Financial year
2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16
— persons —
Brisbane - East SA4 Employed persons 96,100 97,500 103,500 116,000 115,100 114,200 119,200 112,800 120,600 122,000 124,200
Unemployed persons 5,100 4,800 4,600 4,900 6,800 7,000 6,000 7,100 6,100 6,300 6,800
Labour force 101,100 102,300 108,100 121,000 121,900 121,200 125,200 119,900 126,600 128,300 131,000
Not in the labour force 53,600 56,000 54,400 46,000 48,500 52,100 51,500 60,200 56,500 57,300 57,000
Civilian population aged 15 and over 154,700 158,300 162,500 167,000 170,400 173,300 176,700 180,100 183,100 185,600 188,000
Unemployment rate (%) 5.0 4.7 4.2 4.1 5.6 5.8 4.8 6.0 4.8 4.9 5.2
Participation rate (%) 65.4 64.6 66.5 72.4 71.5 69.9 70.9 66.6 69.2 69.1 69.7
    
Brisbane - North SA4 Employed persons 93,400 93,400 98,700 102,900 102,200 107,800 108,400 108,400 116,100 117,100 113,600
Unemployed persons 4,600 3,000 3,400 3,000 5,800 5,200 5,000 5,300 4,900 6,200 5,900
Labour force 98,000 96,400 102,200 105,900 107,900 113,000 113,300 113,700 121,000 123,400 119,400
Not in the labour force 47,400 51,400 49,000 49,400 50,800 48,500 51,100 53,700 48,600 48,300 54,300
Civilian population aged 15 and over 145,500 147,800 151,200 155,300 158,700 161,400 164,400 167,400 169,600 171,600 173,700
Unemployment rate (%) 4.7 3.1 3.4 2.8 5.3 4.6 4.4 4.7 4.0 5.1 4.9
Participation rate (%) 67.4 65.2 67.6 68.2 68.0 70.0 68.9 67.9 71.3 71.9 68.8
  
Brisbane - South SA4 Employed persons 156,200 159,600 166,300 171,400 174,300 172,400 180,400 187,100 188,500 190,000 197,600
Unemployed persons 6,700 5,900 5,800 7,900 8,600 8,700 8,700 10,000 11,700 11,400 11,500
Labour force 162,900 165,500 172,100 179,300 182,900 181,100 189,100 197,100 200,200 201,500 209,100
Not in the labour force 76,300 79,000 78,200 77,900 79,800 86,400 84,400 81,500 82,900 85,400 81,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 239,200 244,500 250,300 257,200 262,700 267,500 273,400 278,700 283,100 286,900 290,600
Unemployment rate (%) 4.1 3.5 3.3 4.4 4.7 4.8 4.6 5.1 5.8 5.7 5.5
Participation rate (%) 68.1 67.7 68.7 69.7 69.6 67.7 69.1 70.7 70.7 70.2 72.0
   
Brisbane - West SA4 Employed persons 89,400 93,700 95,000 96,200 97,800 94,700 92,400 97,400 94,900 90,400 96,100
Unemployed persons 3,500 2,500 2,200 2,300 3,100 3,000 3,600 4,900 5,700 5,700 5,200
Labour force 92,900 96,200 97,200 98,500 100,900 97,700 96,000 102,300 100,600 96,100 101,200
Not in the labour force 41,600 40,600 41,800 43,000 42,500 46,800 50,100 45,400 47,600 52,600 48,200
Civilian population aged 15 and over 134,500 136,800 139,100 141,500 143,400 144,500 146,100 147,700 148,200 148,700 149,500
Unemployment rate (%) 3.7 2.5 2.3 2.3 3.0 3.1 3.7 4.8 5.6 5.9 5.1
Participation rate (%) 69.1 70.3 69.9 69.6 70.4 67.6 65.7 69.3 67.9 64.6 67.7
   
Brisbane Inner City SA4 Employed persons 129,300 142,100 147,600 150,000 149,200 148,200 151,400 141,900 152,100 152,800 155,700
Unemployed persons 3,900 3,000 4,300 4,500 5,900 5,600 6,200 9,300 6,200 7,400 6,300
Labour force 133,200 145,100 151,800 154,500 155,100 153,700 157,600 151,200 158,300 160,200 162,000
Not in the labour force 48,600 42,000 39,400 40,800 43,400 48,000 47,000 57,000 52,900 53,300 53,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 181,800 187,000 191,300 195,400 198,500 201,700 204,600 208,200 211,200 213,500 215,700
Unemployment rate (%) 2.9 2.0 2.8 2.9 3.8 3.6 3.9 6.1 3.9 4.6 3.9
Participation rate (%) 73.3 77.6 79.4 79.1 78.1 76.2 77.0 72.6 75.0 75.0 75.1
 
Ipswich SA4 Employed persons 112,600 121,700 122,200 132,200 130,300 136,600 140,200 139,900 143,200 144,900 148,500
Unemployed persons 6,200 5,700 6,400 6,200 7,800 7,700 8,000 10,600 14,700 11,500 12,900
Labour force 118,800 127,400 128,600 138,400 138,100 144,300 148,200 150,600 157,900 156,300 161,500
Not in the labour force 68,100 65,600 71,400 69,300 76,600 76,400 77,700 81,800 80,100 86,800 86,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 186,900 193,000 199,900 207,700 214,700 220,700 225,900 232,300 238,000 243,200 248,300
Unemployment rate (%) 5.2 4.5 4.9 4.5 5.6 5.3 5.4 7.1 9.3 7.3 8.0
Participation rate (%) 63.5 66.0 64.3 66.6 64.3 65.4 65.6 64.8 66.3 64.3 65.0
 
Logan - Beaudesert SA4 Employed persons 133,500 140,600 140,400 144,600 144,800 150,800 145,600 145,700 128,000 123,500 129,900
Unemployed persons 7,600 8,600 6,500 8,600 10,800 12,100 11,500 10,000 9,200 12,400 9,100
Labour force 141,000 149,200 146,900 153,100 155,600 162,900 157,100 155,700 137,200 135,800 139,000
Not in the labour force 63,100 59,700 67,000 66,900 69,600 66,600 77,100 83,000 105,500 110,300 110,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 204,100 208,900 214,000 220,000 225,200 229,600 234,200 238,700 242,700 246,100 249,500
Unemployment rate (%) 5.4 5.7 4.4 5.6 7.0 7.4 7.3 6.4 6.7 9.1 6.6
Participation rate (%) 69.1 71.4 68.7 69.6 69.1 71.0 67.1 65.2 56.5 55.2 55.7
 
Moreton Bay - North SA4 Employed persons 86,200 89,600 94,200 89,800 96,600 96,700 96,600 95,000 101,700 110,400 111,100
Unemployed persons 5,900 5,900 3,200 4,300 6,500 5,300 6,600 7,200 10,400 9,000 8,500
Labour force 92,100 95,500 97,400 94,000 103,100 102,000 103,200 102,200 112,100 119,500 119,500
Not in the labour force 56,400 58,000 61,700 70,900 66,900 72,000 75,800 81,500 75,800 72,300 76,000
Civilian population aged 15 and over 148,600 153,400 159,100 164,900 170,000 174,000 178,900 183,700 188,000 191,800 195,500
Unemployment rate (%) 6.4 6.2 3.2 4.6 6.3 5.2 6.4 7.1 9.3 7.6 7.1
Participation rate (%) 62.0 62.2 61.2 57.0 60.6 58.6 57.7 55.6 59.7 62.3 61.1
  
Moreton Bay - South SA4 Employed persons 76,800 80,500 85,700 81,500 88,500 90,700 91,200 98,200 98,600 99,800 103,300
Unemployed persons 2,300 2,000 1,500 2,800 3,100 3,600 4,300 3,800 4,100 4,500 5,200
Labour force 79,100 82,500 87,300 84,400 91,600 94,300 95,500 102,000 102,700 104,300 108,500
Not in the labour force 29,000 29,900 30,200 38,100 35,400 36,500 38,700 36,300 39,500 41,600 40,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 108,100 112,400 117,400 122,500 127,000 130,800 134,100 138,300 142,300 145,900 149,400
Unemployment rate (%) 3.0 2.4 1.8 3.3 3.4 3.8 4.5 3.7 4.0 4.3 4.8
Participation rate (%) 73.2 73.4 74.3 68.9 72.2 72.1 71.2 73.7 72.2 71.5 72.6
  
Cairns SA4 Employed persons 99,000 106,800 111,900 118,800 116,800 117,600 111,800 118,400 109,700 108,000 108,200
Unemployed persons 7,600 4,900 6,000 8,200 11,800 8,700 9,600 10,700 9,600 9,200 10,200
Labour force 106,600 111,600 117,900 127,000 128,600 126,300 121,400 129,100 119,300 117,300 118,400
Not in the labour force 55,400 54,600 53,100 48,600 50,500 55,300 63,000 58,700 71,600 76,300 77,700
Civilian population aged 15 and over 162,000 166,300 171,000 175,600 179,100 181,600 184,400 187,900 190,900 193,500 196,100
Unemployment rate (%) 7.1 4.4 5.1 6.4 9.2 6.9 7.9 8.3 8.1 7.9 8.6
Participation rate (%) 65.8 67.1 69.0 72.3 71.8 69.5 65.8 68.7 62.5 60.6 60.4
  
Darling Downs - Maranoa SA4 Employed persons 56,300 59,300 62,300 66,500 62,900 61,100 63,600 63,400 68,000 63,200 64,800
Unemployed persons 2,300 2,000 1,300 1,200 2,100 2,700 2,200 1,400 2,500 2,600 2,500
Labour force 58,500 61,300 63,600 67,700 64,900 63,900 65,900 64,900 70,500 65,800 67,400
Not in the labour force 31,100 29,500 28,600 26,200 30,200 32,400 32,200 34,500 29,900 35,200 34,400
Civilian population aged 15 and over 89,600 90,800 92,200 93,800 95,100 96,300 98,100 99,300 100,300 101,100 101,800
Unemployment rate (%) 3.9 3.2 2.1 1.8 3.2 4.3 3.4 2.2 3.5 4.0 3.8
Participation rate (%) 65.3 67.5 69.0 72.1 68.3 66.3 67.1 65.3 70.2 65.1 66.2
  
Fitzroy SA4 Employed persons 99,000 98,300 102,700 102,600 99,600 110,500 112,600 109,000 115,600 116,000 116,100
Unemployed persons 4,100 4,100 5,100 5,500 6,100 7,000 5,700 7,400 6,700 7,800 8,300
Labour force 103,100 102,400 107,800 108,100 105,700 117,400 118,300 116,400 122,300 123,800 124,400
Not in the labour force 49,100 53,100 51,200 54,900 60,300 50,800 52,700 57,300 53,900 54,300 55,600
Civilian population aged 15 and over 152,100 155,500 159,000 163,000 165,900 168,200 171,000 173,800 176,200 178,100 180,000
Unemployment rate (%) 4.0 4.0 4.7 5.1 5.8 5.9 4.8 6.4 5.4 6.3 6.6
Participation rate (%) 67.7 65.8 67.8 66.3 63.7 69.8 69.2 67.0 69.4 69.5 69.1
  
Gold Coast SA4 Employed persons 228,000 249,200 256,100 258,700 259,700 267,800 278,900 276,100 281,800 295,400 310,100
Unemployed persons 9,300 9,500 8,800 13,300 17,200 17,000 17,200 16,800 16,700 18,300 17,600
Labour force 237,300 258,600 264,900 272,000 276,900 284,800 296,100 293,000 298,500 313,600 327,700
Not in the labour force 136,000 127,300 133,400 138,100 143,300 143,800 141,700 154,800 158,100 150,500 143,900
Civilian population aged 15 and over 373,300 386,000 398,200 410,100 420,200 428,600 437,800 447,800 456,500 464,200 471,700
Unemployment rate (%) 3.9 3.7 3.3 4.9 6.2 6.0 5.8 5.7 5.6 5.8 5.4
Participation rate (%) 63.6 67.0 66.5 66.3 65.9 66.5 67.6 65.4 65.4 67.6 69.5
  
Mackay SA4 Employed persons 83,800 86,400 87,800 95,800 92,700 91,100 94,400 100,800 101,900 96,000 93,800
Unemployed persons 2,900 2,200 2,100 2,900 4,000 3,300 3,200 4,100 4,400 7,600 6,900
Labour force 86,700 88,600 89,900 98,700 96,700 94,400 97,600 104,800 106,300 103,600 100,700
Not in the labour force 32,200 34,000 36,000 30,600 35,400 40,000 39,300 34,700 35,500 40,100 44,900
Civilian population aged 15 and over 118,900 122,600 125,900 129,300 132,200 134,400 136,900 139,500 141,800 143,700 145,600
Unemployment rate (%) 3.3 2.5 2.3 2.9 4.2 3.5 3.3 3.9 4.2 7.4 6.8
Participation rate (%) 72.9 72.3 71.4 76.3 73.2 70.2 71.3 75.1 75.0 72.1 69.2
  
Queensland - Outback SA4 Employed persons 43,900 43,600 43,800 39,800 40,900 41,500 45,400 41,200 50,100 52,700 37,000
Unemployed persons 800 800 1,100 3,700 5,500 4,800 3,500 2,400 2,400 2,000 5,500
Labour force 44,700 44,400 44,800 43,500 46,500 46,200 48,900 43,600 52,500 54,600 42,600
Not in the labour force 14,800 15,600 16,400 18,900 16,800 17,900 17,200 23,500 15,400 13,800 26,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 59,500 60,000 61,200 62,400 63,300 64,200 66,200 67,100 67,800 68,400 69,000
Unemployment rate (%) 1.7 1.8 2.4 8.5 11.9 10.3 7.2 5.5 4.6 3.6 13.0
Participation rate (%) 75.1 74.0 73.2 69.7 73.5 72.0 74.0 65.0 77.4 79.9 61.7
 
Sunshine Coast SA4 Employed persons 131,400 143,100 145,300 142,000 144,200 151,400 149,400 149,200 163,100 162,900 167,900
Unemployed persons 9,000 7,700 6,400 7,900 10,000 9,700 9,600 10,700 11,400 12,300 8,700
Labour force 140,400 150,900 151,600 149,900 154,200 161,200 159,000 159,900 174,500 175,100 176,600
Not in the labour force 86,700 82,400 88,100 97,000 98,300 95,700 102,800 107,100 97,300 100,600 103,100
Civilian population aged 15 and over 227,100 233,200 239,800 246,900 252,500 256,900 261,700 267,100 271,700 275,700 279,700
Unemployment rate (%) 6.4 5.1 4.2 5.3 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.7 6.5 7.0 4.9
Participation rate (%) 61.8 64.7 63.2 60.7 61.1 62.7 60.7 59.9 64.2 63.5 63.1
 
Toowoomba SA4 Employed persons 64,600 67,000 63,800 67,000 68,400 68,200 71,600 68,500 69,300 66,200 69,700
Unemployed persons 2,800 2,000 2,700 1,400 2,700 3,100 3,800 5,300 3,600 3,700 3,000
Labour force 67,400 69,100 66,500 68,400 71,100 71,300 75,400 73,800 72,800 69,900 72,700
Not in the labour force 36,300 36,300 40,600 41,000 40,100 41,100 38,300 41,400 43,700 47,600 45,700
Civilian population aged 15 and over 103,700 105,400 107,100 109,400 111,200 112,400 113,700 115,200 116,500 117,500 118,400
Unemployment rate (%) 4.1 2.9 4.1 2.1 3.8 4.3 5.0 7.1 4.9 5.3 4.2
Participation rate (%) 65.0 65.6 62.1 62.5 64.0 63.4 66.3 64.0 62.5 59.5 61.4
 
Townsville SA4 Employed persons 104,800 106,200 104,800 116,800 116,500 122,300 115,100 117,100 107,700 112,000 101,300
Unemployed persons 6,500 5,400 4,400 4,300 6,200 6,300 8,500 5,900 8,100 10,700 10,900
Labour force 111,200 111,700 109,300 121,000 122,800 128,600 123,600 123,000 115,800 122,700 112,200
Not in the labour force 41,500 44,700 51,100 43,700 45,400 42,600 49,500 53,700 64,600 60,500 73,400
Civilian population aged 15 and over 152,800 156,400 160,400 164,700 168,100 171,200 173,100 176,600 180,400 183,200 185,600
Unemployment rate (%) 5.8 4.9 4.0 3.5 5.1 4.9 6.8 4.8 7.0 8.7 9.7
Participation rate (%) 72.8 71.4 68.1 73.5 73.0 75.1 71.4 69.6 64.2 67.0 60.5
 
Wide Bay SA4 Employed persons 100,600 101,400 110,300 113,800 114,800 111,300 116,000 116,800 107,500 101,400 112,500
Unemployed persons 8,700 6,600 6,200 7,800 8,300 8,400 10,100 10,800 10,200 12,900 11,100
Labour force 109,300 108,000 116,600 121,600 123,100 119,600 126,100 127,600 117,800 114,300 123,600
Not in the labour force 90,400 97,100 93,900 94,600 97,500 103,600 100,800 103,300 116,700 123,000 116,600
Civilian population aged 15 and over 199,700 205,100 210,500 216,200 220,500 223,200 226,900 230,900 234,400 237,300 240,200
Unemployment rate (%) 7.9 6.1 5.4 6.5 6.7 7.0 8.0 8.5 8.7 11.3 9.0
Participation rate (%) 54.7 52.7 55.4 56.2 55.8 53.6 55.6 55.2 50.2 48.2 51.5
 
Queensland Employed persons 1,984,800 2,080,100 2,142,600 2,206,300 2,215,300 2,254,800 2,284,300 2,287,000 2,318,300 2,324,600 2,361,500
Unemployed persons 99,600 86,500 81,800 100,700 132,500 129,100 133,100 143,800 148,600 161,600 156,000
Labour force 2,084,400 2,166,500 2,224,400 2,307,000 2,347,800 2,383,900 2,417,400 2,430,800 2,466,900 2,486,200 2,517,500
Not in the labour force 1,057,700 1,056,700 1,085,500 1,095,900 1,131,100 1,156,400 1,190,900 1,249,600 1,275,900 1,309,800 1,330,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 3,142,100 3,223,300 3,309,900 3,402,900 3,478,900 3,540,300 3,608,200 3,680,400 3,742,800 3,796,000 3,848,300
Unemployment rate (%) 4.8 4.0 3.7 4.4 5.6 5.4 5.5 5.9 6.0 6.5 6.2
Participation rate (%) 66.3 67.2 67.2 67.8 67.5 67.3 67.0 66.0 65.9 65.5 65.4
SA4 = Statistical Area Level 4 (ASGS 2011 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, Jun 2016
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