Unemployment remains high in agricultural areas and parts of the city fringe

The unemployment rate across Australia has fallen to just 5.1%, however the headline figures hide the fact there are key regions around the country where the number of unemployed remains high.  The map below, which plots the unemployment rate across Australia’s ‘Statistical Regions’ shows a clear trend.  The areas showing unemployment rates above 7% are mostly located in agricultural or non-mining regional areas (eg. West Moreton in South East Queensland which includes the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim or Loddon-Mallee in Victoria which includes areas such as Mildura, Swan Hill and Bendigo) or in the capital city outskirts (eg Northern Adelaide which includes areas such as Playford and Salisbury or North Western and South Eastern Melbourne which includes area such as Hume and Casey).

The disaggregated figures highlight that although Australia’s economy is without doubt approaching capacity there are still areas around the country that require more strategic  thinking when it comes to creating new jobs which will lead to increased population’ and economic prosperity.


About Tim Lawless

Tim heads up the RP Data research and analytics team, analysing real estate markets, demographics and economic trends across Australia

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2 Responses to Unemployment remains high in agricultural areas and parts of the city fringe

  1. Daniel O'Connor September 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    I understand your post, but my first thought was “people in North Adelaide have 7.2% unemployment?”

    How frightening that would be.

  2. Service April 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    NIce graph. Have you done a 2012 version yet? Would love to see a comparison.

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