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Labour force status by region (a), Queensland, 2007–08 to 2017–18 (b)(c)(d)

Labour force region Labour force status Financial year
2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
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Brisbane - East SA4 Employed persons 103,500 116,000 115,100 114,200 119,000 112,100 119,400 120,300 122,100 115,900 125,100
Unemployed persons 4,600 4,900 6,800 7,000 6,000 7,100 6,000 6,200 6,700 8,700 6,300
Labour force 108,100 121,000 121,900 121,200 124,900 119,200 125,300 126,500 128,800 124,700 131,400
Not in the labour force 54,400 46,000 48,500 52,100 51,300 59,600 55,600 56,300 55,800 61,900 57,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 162,500 167,000 170,400 173,300 176,300 178,800 181,000 182,800 184,600 186,600 189,200
Unemployment rate (%) 4.2 4.1 5.6 5.8 4.8 5.9 4.8 4.9 5.2 7.0 4.8
Participation rate (%) 66.5 72.4 71.5 69.9 70.9 66.7 69.3 69.2 69.8 66.8 69.5
 
Brisbane - North SA4 Employed persons 98,700 102,900 102,200 107,800 108,200 108,100 115,800 116,900 113,500 114,400 121,300
Unemployed persons 3,400 3,000 5,800 5,200 5,000 5,300 4,900 6,200 5,800 6,200 6,500
Labour force 102,200 105,900 107,900 113,000 113,200 113,400 120,700 123,100 119,300 120,600 127,800
Not in the labour force 49,000 49,400 50,800 48,500 51,000 53,400 48,500 48,100 54,000 55,400 51,200
Civilian population aged 15 and over 151,200 155,300 158,700 161,400 164,100 166,900 169,200 171,200 173,400 176,000 179,000
Unemployment rate (%) 3.4 2.8 5.3 4.6 4.4 4.7 4.0 5.1 4.9 5.1 5.1
Participation rate (%) 67.6 68.2 68.0 70.0 68.9 68.0 71.3 71.9 68.8 68.5 71.4
 
Brisbane - South SA4 Employed persons 166,300 171,400 174,300 172,400 180,300 186,800 188,000 189,500 197,500 194,700 202,200
Unemployed persons 5,800 7,900 8,600 8,700 8,700 10,000 11,700 11,400 11,400 13,700 11,300
Labour force 172,100 179,300 182,900 181,100 189,000 196,800 199,700 200,900 208,900 208,400 213,500
Not in the labour force 78,200 77,900 79,800 86,400 84,300 81,400 82,500 85,100 81,300 86,900 87,300
Civilian population aged 15 and over 250,300 257,200 262,700 267,500 273,300 278,200 282,200 286,000 290,200 295,300 300,800
Unemployment rate (%) 3.3 4.4 4.7 4.8 4.6 5.1 5.9 5.7 5.5 6.6 5.3
Participation rate (%) 68.7 69.7 69.6 67.7 69.1 70.7 70.8 70.3 72.0 70.6 71.0
 
Brisbane - West SA4 Employed persons 95,000 96,200 97,800 94,700 92,500 97,500 95,000 90,500 96,200 93,200 91,900
Unemployed persons 2,200 2,300 3,100 3,000 3,600 4,900 5,700 5,600 5,200 5,000 6,000
Labour force 97,200 98,500 100,900 97,700 96,100 102,400 100,600 96,100 101,400 98,200 97,900
Not in the labour force 41,800 43,000 42,500 46,800 50,100 45,400 47,500 52,500 48,200 52,900 54,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 139,100 141,500 143,400 144,500 146,200 147,800 148,100 148,600 149,500 151,100 152,800
Unemployment rate (%) 2.3 2.3 3.0 3.1 3.7 4.8 5.6 5.9 5.1 5.1 6.2
Participation rate (%) 69.9 69.6 70.4 67.6 65.7 69.3 67.9 64.7 67.8 65.0 64.1
 
Brisbane Inner City SA4 Employed persons 147,600 150,000 149,200 148,200 151,600 142,600 154,000 156,500 161,400 163,500 164,800
Unemployed persons 4,300 4,500 5,900 5,600 6,200 9,300 6,300 7,600 6,500 7,100 6,700
Labour force 151,800 154,500 155,100 153,700 157,800 152,000 160,300 164,000 167,900 170,600 171,500
Not in the labour force 39,400 40,800 43,400 48,000 47,100 57,300 53,700 54,700 56,000 59,500 65,200
Civilian population aged 15 and over 191,300 195,400 198,500 201,700 204,900 209,300 214,000 218,700 223,900 230,200 236,600
Unemployment rate (%) 2.8 2.9 3.8 3.6 3.9 6.2 4.0 4.6 3.9 4.2 3.9
Participation rate (%) 79.4 79.1 78.1 76.2 77.0 72.6 74.9 75.0 75.0 74.1 72.5
 
Cairns SA4 Employed persons 111,900 118,800 116,800 117,600 111,800 118,400 109,600 108,100 108,100 114,300 115,600
Unemployed persons 6,000 8,200 11,800 8,700 9,600 10,700 9,600 9,200 10,200 7,700 8,000
Labour force 117,900 127,000 128,600 126,300 121,400 129,100 119,300 117,300 118,300 122,000 123,600
Not in the labour force 53,100 48,600 50,500 55,300 63,000 58,700 71,600 76,100 77,500 76,700 78,400
Civilian population aged 15 and over 171,000 175,600 179,100 181,600 184,400 187,800 190,900 193,400 195,800 198,700 202,000
Unemployment rate (%) 5.1 6.4 9.2 6.9 7.9 8.3 8.1 7.9 8.6 6.3 6.5
Participation rate (%) 69.0 72.3 71.8 69.5 65.8 68.7 62.5 60.7 60.4 61.4 61.2
 
Darling Downs - Maranoa SA4 Employed persons 62,300 66,500 62,900 61,100 63,600 63,700 68,300 63,400 64,700 61,300 62,500
Unemployed persons 1,300 1,200 2,100 2,700 2,200 1,400 2,500 2,600 2,500 2,500 3,200
Labour force 63,600 67,700 64,900 63,900 65,900 65,100 70,900 66,100 67,200 63,800 65,800
Not in the labour force 28,600 26,200 30,200 32,400 32,200 34,500 30,000 35,300 34,300 38,000 36,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 92,200 93,800 95,100 96,300 98,100 99,600 100,800 101,300 101,500 101,800 102,300
Unemployment rate (%) 2.1 1.8 3.2 4.3 3.4 2.2 3.6 4.0 3.7 3.9 4.9
Participation rate (%) 69.0 72.1 68.3 66.3 67.1 65.3 70.3 65.2 66.2 62.7 64.3
 
Fitzroy SA4 Employed persons 102,700 102,600 99,600 110,500 112,800 109,500 116,200 115,700 114,200 110,900 108,800
Unemployed persons 5,100 5,500 6,100 7,000 5,700 7,400 6,700 7,800 8,100 8,300 7,900
Labour force 107,800 108,100 105,700 117,400 118,500 117,000 122,900 123,500 122,300 119,300 116,700
Not in the labour force 51,200 54,900 60,300 50,800 52,800 57,600 54,100 54,200 54,700 56,900 58,700
Civilian population aged 15 and over 159,000 163,000 165,900 168,200 171,300 174,600 177,000 177,700 177,100 176,200 175,500
Unemployment rate (%) 4.7 5.1 5.8 5.9 4.8 6.4 5.4 6.3 6.6 7.0 6.8
Participation rate (%) 67.8 66.3 63.7 69.8 69.2 67.0 69.4 69.5 69.1 67.7 66.5
 
Gold Coast SA4 Employed persons 256,100 258,700 259,700 267,800 279,100 276,600 282,800 297,500 314,200 309,300 330,100
Unemployed persons 8,800 13,300 17,200 17,000 17,200 16,900 16,800 18,400 17,800 16,700 15,200
Labour force 264,900 272,000 276,900 284,800 296,300 293,500 299,500 315,900 332,000 326,000 345,300
Not in the labour force 133,400 138,100 143,300 143,800 141,700 154,900 158,300 151,100 145,300 163,700 157,300
Civilian population aged 15 and over 398,200 410,100 420,200 428,600 438,000 448,400 457,800 467,000 477,400 489,700 502,600
Unemployment rate (%) 3.3 4.9 6.2 6.0 5.8 5.7 5.6 5.8 5.4 5.1 4.4
Participation rate (%) 66.5 66.3 65.9 66.5 67.6 65.5 65.4 67.6 69.6 66.6 68.7
 
Ipswich SA4 Employed persons 122,200 132,200 130,300 136,600 140,500 140,700 144,500 146,800 151,000 156,000 160,300
Unemployed persons 6,400 6,200 7,800 7,700 8,000 10,700 14,900 11,600 13,200 12,800 14,900
Labour force 128,600 138,400 138,100 144,300 148,500 151,300 159,400 158,400 164,100 168,800 175,200
Not in the labour force 71,400 69,300 76,600 76,400 77,800 82,100 80,900 87,800 88,100 90,300 91,300
Civilian population aged 15 and over 199,900 207,700 214,700 220,700 226,300 233,400 240,200 246,200 252,200 259,100 266,500
Unemployment rate (%) 4.9 4.5 5.6 5.3 5.4 7.1 9.3 7.3 8.0 7.6 8.5
Participation rate (%) 64.3 66.6 64.3 65.4 65.6 64.8 66.3 64.3 65.1 65.1 65.7
 
Logan - Beaudesert SA4 Employed persons 140,400 144,600 144,800 150,800 145,800 146,400 128,900 124,600 131,200 146,100 157,100
Unemployed persons 6,500 8,600 10,800 12,100 11,500 10,100 9,300 12,500 9,200 9,500 11,500
Labour force 146,900 153,100 155,600 162,900 157,300 156,500 138,200 137,100 140,400 155,600 168,600
Not in the labour force 67,000 66,900 69,600 66,600 77,100 83,300 106,300 111,000 111,200 100,200 92,000
Civilian population aged 15 and over 214,000 220,000 225,200 229,600 234,400 239,800 244,500 248,100 251,500 255,900 260,500
Unemployment rate (%) 4.4 5.6 7.0 7.4 7.3 6.4 6.7 9.1 6.5 6.1 6.8
Participation rate (%) 68.7 69.6 69.1 71.0 67.1 65.3 56.5 55.3 55.8 60.8 64.7
 
Mackay SA4 Employed persons 87,800 95,800 92,700 91,100 94,200 100,100 100,000 92,700 88,600 93,500 99,200
Unemployed persons 2,100 2,900 4,000 3,300 3,200 4,100 4,400 7,300 6,500 5,300 3,500
Labour force 89,900 98,700 96,700 94,400 97,400 104,200 104,300 100,000 95,100 98,800 102,700
Not in the labour force 36,000 30,600 35,400 40,000 39,200 34,500 35,000 38,900 42,700 37,900 33,200
Civilian population aged 15 and over 125,900 129,300 132,200 134,400 136,700 138,600 139,300 138,900 137,800 136,800 135,900
Unemployment rate (%) 2.3 2.9 4.2 3.5 3.3 3.9 4.2 7.3 6.8 5.4 3.4
Participation rate (%) 71.4 76.3 73.2 70.2 71.3 75.1 74.9 72.0 69.0 72.3 75.6
 
Moreton Bay - North SA4 Employed persons 94,200 89,800 96,600 96,700 96,500 94,600 101,100 109,500 109,700 107,300 112,800
Unemployed persons 3,200 4,300 6,500 5,300 6,600 7,200 10,400 9,000 8,300 8,200 10,400
Labour force 97,400 94,000 103,100 102,000 103,100 101,800 111,500 118,400 118,100 115,400 123,200
Not in the labour force 61,700 70,900 66,900 72,000 75,600 81,100 75,100 71,500 74,800 81,400 77,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 159,100 164,900 170,000 174,000 178,700 182,900 186,600 189,900 192,900 196,800 200,700
Unemployment rate (%) 3.2 4.6 6.3 5.2 6.4 7.1 9.3 7.6 7.1 7.1 8.5
Participation rate (%) 61.2 57.0 60.6 58.6 57.7 55.7 59.7 62.4 61.2 58.6 61.4
 
Moreton Bay - South SA4 Employed persons 85,700 81,500 88,500 90,700 91,300 98,200 98,700 100,400 104,600 104,700 108,200
Unemployed persons 1,500 2,800 3,100 3,600 4,300 3,800 4,100 4,500 5,300 5,100 5,600
Labour force 87,300 84,400 91,600 94,300 95,600 102,000 102,800 104,900 109,900 109,700 113,900
Not in the labour force 30,200 38,100 35,400 36,500 38,700 36,300 39,500 41,800 41,300 46,600 47,700
Civilian population aged 15 and over 117,400 122,500 127,000 130,800 134,300 138,300 142,300 146,700 151,200 156,300 161,600
Unemployment rate (%) 1.8 3.3 3.4 3.8 4.5 3.7 4.0 4.3 4.8 4.6 4.9
Participation rate (%) 74.3 68.9 72.2 72.1 71.2 73.7 72.2 71.5 72.7 70.2 70.5
 
Queensland - Outback SA4 Employed persons 43,800 39,800 40,900 41,500 45,000 40,300 48,100 49,500 33,900 31,700 32,200
Unemployed persons 1,100 3,700 5,500 4,800 3,500 2,400 2,300 1,900 5,100 4,900 3,900
Labour force 44,800 43,500 46,500 46,200 48,500 42,700 50,400 51,400 39,000 36,600 36,100
Not in the labour force 16,400 18,900 16,800 17,900 17,100 22,900 14,800 13,000 24,400 25,800 25,300
Civilian population aged 15 and over 61,200 62,400 63,300 64,200 65,500 65,600 65,200 64,400 63,400 62,300 61,400
Unemployment rate (%) 2.4 8.5 11.9 10.3 7.2 5.5 4.5 3.6 13.0 13.3 10.9
Participation rate (%) 73.2 69.7 73.5 72.0 74.0 65.0 77.4 79.8 61.5 58.7 58.8
 
Sunshine Coast SA4 Employed persons 145,300 142,000 144,200 151,400 149,900 150,600 165,800 166,900 173,600 166,000 177,700
Unemployed persons 6,400 7,900 10,000 9,700 9,600 10,800 11,600 12,600 9,000 8,700 10,700
Labour force 151,600 149,900 154,200 161,200 159,500 161,500 177,400 179,500 182,600 174,600 188,400
Not in the labour force 88,100 97,000 98,300 95,700 103,100 108,100 98,700 103,100 106,600 122,100 116,200
Civilian population aged 15 and over 239,800 246,900 252,500 256,900 262,600 269,600 276,200 282,600 289,200 296,700 304,600
Unemployment rate (%) 4.2 5.3 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.7 6.5 7.0 4.9 5.0 5.7
Participation rate (%) 63.2 60.7 61.1 62.7 60.7 59.9 64.2 63.5 63.1 58.8 61.9
 
Toowoomba SA4 Employed persons 63,800 67,000 68,400 68,200 71,800 69,000 70,000 67,200 71,000 75,200 75,600
Unemployed persons 2,700 1,400 2,700 3,100 3,800 5,300 3,600 3,800 3,100 4,600 4,100
Labour force 66,500 68,400 71,100 71,300 75,600 74,300 73,600 71,000 74,100 79,800 79,700
Not in the labour force 40,600 41,000 40,100 41,100 38,400 41,700 44,000 48,200 46,400 42,200 44,100
Civilian population aged 15 and over 107,100 109,400 111,200 112,400 114,000 116,000 117,600 119,100 120,400 122,000 123,700
Unemployment rate (%) 4.1 2.1 3.8 4.3 5.0 7.1 4.9 5.3 4.2 5.7 5.1
Participation rate (%) 62.1 62.5 64.0 63.4 66.3 64.1 62.6 59.6 61.5 65.4 64.4
 
Townsville SA4 Employed persons 104,800 116,800 116,500 122,300 115,100 116,600 106,700 110,500 99,100 98,800 108,100
Unemployed persons 4,400 4,300 6,200 6,300 8,500 5,900 8,000 10,600 10,600 10,600 10,800
Labour force 109,300 121,000 122,800 128,600 123,600 122,400 114,700 121,000 109,700 109,400 119,000
Not in the labour force 51,100 43,700 45,400 42,600 49,400 53,300 63,800 59,300 71,500 72,800 64,800
Civilian population aged 15 and over 160,400 164,700 168,100 171,200 173,000 175,700 178,600 180,400 181,100 182,200 183,800
Unemployment rate (%) 4.0 3.5 5.1 4.9 6.8 4.8 7.0 8.7 9.7 9.7 9.1
Participation rate (%) 68.1 73.5 73.0 75.1 71.4 69.7 64.3 67.1 60.5 60.1 64.7
 
Wide Bay SA4 Employed persons 110,300 113,800 114,800 111,300 116,100 117,000 107,400 100,900 111,800 112,100 112,700
Unemployed persons 6,200 7,800 8,300 8,400 10,100 10,800 10,200 12,900 10,900 10,600 12,000
Labour force 116,600 121,600 123,100 119,600 126,200 127,800 117,600 113,800 122,800 122,700 124,700
Not in the labour force 93,900 94,600 97,500 103,600 100,800 103,300 116,400 122,300 115,400 118,200 119,300
Civilian population aged 15 and over 210,500 216,200 220,500 223,200 227,000 231,000 234,000 236,100 238,200 240,900 243,900
Unemployment rate (%) 5.4 6.5 6.7 7.0 8.0 8.5 8.7 11.3 8.9 8.7 9.6
Participation rate (%) 55.4 56.2 55.8 53.6 55.6 55.3 50.3 48.2 51.5 50.9 51.1
 
Queensland Employed persons 2,142,600 2,206,300 2,215,300 2,254,800 2,285,000 2,288,900 2,320,400 2,327,300 2,366,300 2,368,900 2,466,200
Unemployed persons 81,800 100,700 132,500 129,100 133,200 144,000 148,900 161,600 155,400 156,200 158,700
Labour force 2,224,400 2,307,000 2,347,800 2,383,900 2,418,200 2,432,900 2,469,300 2,488,900 2,521,700 2,525,100 2,624,900
Not in the labour force 1,085,500 1,095,900 1,131,100 1,156,400 1,190,900 1,249,500 1,276,200 1,310,100 1,329,600 1,389,600 1,358,500
Civilian population aged 15 and over 3,309,900 3,402,900 3,478,900 3,540,300 3,609,100 3,682,400 3,745,500 3,799,000 3,851,300 3,914,700 3,983,400
Unemployment rate (%) 3.7 4.4 5.6 5.4 5.5 5.9 6.0 6.5 6.2 6.2 6.0
Participation rate (%) 67.2 67.8 67.5 67.3 67.0 66.1 65.9 65.5 65.5 64.5 65.9
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, June 2018
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