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 February 2018 was 6.8%, 06 points higher than the previous month and 0.9 points higher than February 2017.  

The February 2018 unemployment rate for Geelong (SA4) was 1.0 point higher than both the Victorian and Australain unemployment rate of 5.8%.  

A twelve month average of the unemployment rate to February 2018 for the Geelong (SA4) was 6.0%, 0.2 points higher than the Victorian average (5.8%) and 0.4 points higher than the Australian average (5.6%)

 

 

  Geelong (SA4)* Victoria Australia  
Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

 
Latest Month
(February  2018)
6.8% +0.6pts 5.8% +0.3pts 5.8% +0.3pts  
Previous Month
(January 2018)
6.2% 5.5% 5.5%
Same Month Last Year
(February  2017)
5.7% +0.9pts 6.1% -0.3pts 6.0% -0.5pts  
12 Month Average
to February  2018
6.0%   5.8%   5.6%    

 

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, 2013-2018

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 February 2018 was 15.1%, an increase of 3.3 percentage points compared to the previous month and 5.0 points higher than February 2017.

The February 2018 youth unemployment rate for Geelong (SA4) was 0.3 points higher than the Victorian youth unemployment rate (14.8%) and 1.7 points higher than the Australian rate (13.4%).

A twelve month average of the youth unemployment rate to February 2018 for the Geelong (SA4) was 11.1%, 2.1 points lower than the Victorian twelve month average (13.2%) and 1.5 points lower than the Australian twelve month average (12.6%).

 

  Geelong (SA4)* Victoria Australia  
Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

 
Latest Month
(February  2018)
15.1% +3.3pts 14.8%

+1.0pts

13.4% +1.0pts  
Previous Month
(January  2018)
11.8% 13.8% 12.4%
Same Month Last Year
(February  2017)
10.1% +5.0pts 14.1% +0.7pts 13.6% -0.2pts  
12 Month Average
to February  2018
11.1%   13.2%   12.6%    

 

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, 2013-2018

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
(Sept 2017)

Latest Quarter
(Dec 2017)

Change Quarter
(Sept 2017 -
Dec 2017)
Change Annual
(Dec 2016-
Dec 2017)
Belmont 5.8 5.8 0.0 -0.6
Corio - Norlane 18.3 19.2 +0.9 +1.6
Geelong 6.9 6.9 0.0 -0.1
Geelong West - Hamlyn Heights 5.1 5.1 0.0 -0.4
Grovedale 4.3 4.3 0.0 -0.2
Highton 2.4 2.4 0.0 -0.3
Lara 4.0 4.0 0.0 -0.2
Leopold 4.4 4.4 0.0 -0.2
Newcomb - Moolap 10.0 10.2 +0.2 -0.3
Newtown 30. 3.0 0.0 -0.5
North Geelong - Bell Park 7.5 7.8 +0.3 +0.2
Clifton Springs 5.2 5.5 +0.3 +0.2
Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads 2.8 2.9 +0.1 -0.3
Portarlington 8.2 8.4 +0.2 -0.5
Queenscliff 3.0 3.1 +0.1 +0.1
         
Torquay 2.2 2.2 0.0 -0.4
Lorne - Anglesea 2.6 2.6 0.0 -0.6
Winchelsea 3.5 3.5 0.0 -0.4
         
Bannockburn 2.6 2.6 0.0 -0.1
Golden Plains - South 3.9 4.0 +0.1 -0.1
Golden Plains - North 3.5 3.9 +0.4 -0.8
Smythes Creek 1.6 1.7 +0.1 -0.5
         
Colac 4.5 4.1 -0.4 -0.9
Colac Region 2.5 2.4 -0.1 -0.9
Otway 3.6 3.3 -0.3 -1.0
         
City of Greater Geelong (LGA) 6.2 6.4 +0.2 -0.1
Surf Coast Shire (LGA) 2.5 2.5 0.0 -0.5
Borough of Queenscliffe (LGA) 3.0 3.1 +0.1 +0.1
Golden Plains Shire (LGA) 3.0 3.1 +0.1 -0.3
Colac-Otway Shire (LGA) 5.6 5.6 0.0 -0.2
         
G21 Region 5.6 5.6 0.0 -0.2
Victoria 6.0 6.0 0.0 +0.2
 

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, '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 March quarter 2017 figures will be released in June 2018

 

Department of Jobs and Small Business - Quarterly Unemployment Rate

 

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 'Small Area Labour Markets Australia'.