Unemployment Rate Data

Uemployment rate data is released monthly by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the Geelong SA4 geographic level and quarterly by the Deparment of Employment for the smaller SA2 geographic level.


ABS Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate for Geelong (SA4) in July 2017 was 5.0%, 0.3 points higher than the previous month yet 0.5 points lower than July 2016.  

The July 2017 unemployment rate for Geelong (SA4) was 0.8 points lower than the Victorian unemployment rate of 5.8%.and 0.5 points lower than the Australian unemployment rate of 5.5%.  

A twelve month average of the unemployment rate to July 2017 for the Geelong (SA4) was 5.6%, 0.3 points lower than the Victorian average (5.9%) and 0.1 points lower than the Australian average (5.7%)

 

 

  Geelong (SA4)* Victoria Australia  
Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

 
Latest Month
(July 2017)
5.0% +0.3pts 5.8% -0.1pts 5.5% 0.0pts  
Previous Month
(June 2017)
4.7% 5.9% 5.5%
Same Month Last Year
(July 2016)
5.5% -0.5pts 5.6%  +0.2pts 5.6% -0.1pts  
12 Month Average
to July 2017
5.6%   5.9%   5.7%    

 

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (Catalogue No 6291.0.55.001).
Note - Unemployment rate data for Geelong, Victoria and Australia is based on ABS original data (sourced from survey respondents rather than trend or seasonally adjusted data).
The unemployment rate data is also adjusted to a three month rolling average to smooth out some of the volatility in the monthly data.​
*The Geelong SA4 geographical level includes the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and the majority of Golden Plains Shire.

 

Monthly Unemployment Rate, 2012-2017

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics.  All monthly data is calculated using a 3 month rolling average based on original ABS data.

 

ABS Youth Unemployment Rate (15-24 years)

The youth unemployment rate for Geelong (SA4) in July 2017 was 7.0%, a decrease of 2.2 percentage points compared to the previous month yet 1.8 points higher than July 2016.

The June 2017 youth unemployment rate for Geelong (SA4) was 5.2 points lower than the Victorian youth unemployment rate (12.2%) and 5.3 points lower than the Australian rate (12.3%).

A twelve month average of the youth unemployment rate to July 2017 for the Geelong (SA4) was 9.2%, 3.9 points lower than the Victorian twelve month average (13.1%) and 3.7 points lower than the Australian twelve month average (12.9%).

 

  Geelong (SA4)* Victoria Australia  
Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

 
Latest Month
(July 2017)
7.0% -2.2pts 12.2%

-5.2pts

12.3% -0.1pts  
Previous Month
(June 2016)
9.2% 12.3% 12.4%
Same Month Last Year
(July 2016)
5.2% +1.8pts 12.8% -0.6pts 12.4% -0.1pts  
12 Month Average
to July 2017
9.2%   13.1%   12.9%    

 

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (Catalogue No 6291.0.55.001).
Note - Unemployment rate data for Geelong, Victoria and Australia is based on ABS original data (sourced from survey respondents rather than trend or seasonally adjusted data). 
The unemployment rate data is also adjusted to a three month rolling average to smooth out some of the volatility in the monthly data.​
*The Geelong SA4 geographical level includes the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and the majority of Golden Plains Shire.

Monthly Youth Unemployment Rate, 2012-2017

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics. All monthly data is calculated using a 3 month rolling average based on original ABS data.

 

Department of Employment, Quarterly Unemployment Rate

Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) 

Smoothed Unemployment Rate (%)

Previous Quarter
(Dec 2016)

Latest Quarter
(March 2017)

Change Quarter
(Dec 2016 -
March 2017)
Change Annual
(March 2016-
March 2017)
Belmont 6.2 5.9 -0.3 -0.1
Corio - Norlane 17.3 17.1 -0.2 +0.6
Geelong 6.9 6.7 -0.2 +0.1
Geelong West - Hamlyn Heights 5.4 5.1 -0.3 -0.2
Grovedale 4.7 4.6 -0.1 +0.1
Highton 2.6 2.5 -0.1 -0.1
Lara 4.4 4.3 -0.1 +0.1
Leopold 5.0 4.9 -0.1 +0.5
Newcomb - Moolap 10.2 9.8 -0.4 +0.4
Newtown 3.4 3.1 -0.3 -0.3
North Geelong - Bell Park 7.6 7.3 -0.3 -0.3
Clifton Springs 5.4 5.1 -0.3 -0.1
Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads 3.5 3.3 -0.2 -0.1
Portarlington 9.3 8.8 -0.5 +0.1
Queenscliff 3.0 2.9 -0.1 0.0
         
Torquay 2.7 2.5 -0.2 0.0
Lorne - Anglesea 3.4 3.1 -0.3 +0.2
Winchelsea 3.9 3.8 -0.1 0.0
         
Bannockburn 2.9 2.8 -0.1 +0.1
Golden Plains - South 4.2 4.1 -0.1 0.0
Golden Plains - North 4.9 4.2 -0.7 -1.0
Smythes Creek 2.2 1.8 -0.4 -0.7
         
Colac 5.9 5.5 -0.4 +1.5
Colac Region 3.2 3.0 -0.2 +0.9
Otway 4.6 4.5 -0.1 +1.6
         
City of Greater Geelong (LGA) 6.5 6.3 -0.2 +0.1
Surf Coast Shire (LGA) 3.1 2.9 -0.2 0.0
Borough of Queenscliffe (LGA) 3.0 2.9 -0.1 0.0
Golden Plains Shire (LGA) 3.6 3.3 -0.3 -0.3
Colac-Otway Shire (LGA) 4.9 4.6 -0.3 +1.3
         
G21 Region 5.8 5.6 -0.2 +0.1
Victoria 5.8 5.8 0.0 -0.2
 

Source: Department of Employment, 'Small Area Labour Markets Australia'. 
These unemployment rate estimates (excluding data for Victoria) are smoothed and averaged over four quarters to dampen the variability inherent in small area estimates.
Figures revised each quarter. It is anticipated that the June quarter 2016 figures will be released in September 2017

 

Department of Employment - Quarterly Unemployment Rate

Source: Department of Employment, 'Small Area Labour Markets Australia'.