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Latest Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) data reveal that the percentage of Statistical Area Level 2s (SA2s) recording a fall in their unemployment rate has increased over the past 12 months.
SA2s are medium-sized areas designated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that represent a community that interacts together socially and economically.
The SALM publication is a quarterly snapshot of labour market conditions at a regional level, where data is otherwise unavailable. SALM provides labour market information on around 2,100 SA2s and 540 Local Government Areas.
Labour market analyst, Ivan Neville, said the new data show that SA2s in capital cities were more likely to have recorded a decline in their unemployment rate than those in areas categorised as ‘Rest of State’.
’63.6 per cent of capital city SA2s recorded a decline in their unemployment rate over the year, compared with 46.9 per cent of SA2s outside of the capitals,’ Ivan said.
‘Encouragingly, and in line with the robust labour market conditions at the national level, 54.6% of SA2s recorded an unemployment rate below 5% in the September quarter 2018, up from 52.6% last year,’ Ivan said.
‘The data also show that just 10.9% of SA2s recorded an unemployment rate of 10% or above in the September quarter 2018, down from 11.1% last year,’ Ivan said.
Chart: Proportion of SA2s with an unemployment rate below 5 per cent, by Capital City/Rest of State area
Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, Small Area Labour Markets, September quarter 2018.
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