The unemployment rate is derived from the ABS labour force survey and Centrelink data and compiled by the Department of Employment.
The unemployment rate shown here is the proportion of the resident labour force those in work or looking for work and aged over 15 who are looking for work. Unemployment is an important indicator of the economic success of an area.
A high rate can indicate a declining economy with closures of key industries, or a residential area with a ificantly disadvantaged population. Note: The Department of Employment advise that highly disaggregated labour force and unemployment estimates at the LGA level can display ificant variability and should be viewed with caution.
The figures are smoothed using a four-quarter csloundra average to minimise the variability inherent in small area estimates. This presents unemployment estimates for benchmark regions which are headline figures widely published by government and media sites but are not directly comparable to the LGA estimates as they are not annual averages.
For more information, see the data notes. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Labour force survey catalogue Compiled and presented in economy.