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 April 2017 was 5.9%, 0.3 points lower than the previous month and 0.4 points lower than April 2016.  

The April 2017 unemployment rate for Geelong (SA4) was 0.4 points lower than the Victorian unemployment rate of 6.3%.and 0.2 points lower than the Australian unemployment rate of 6.1%.  

A twelve month average of the unemployment rate to April 2017 for the Geelong (SA4) was 5.7%, 0.2 points lower than the Victorian average (5.9%) and the same as the Australian average. 

 

 

  Geelong (SA4)* Victoria Australia  
Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

Unemployment Rate

Change
% Points

 
Latest Month
(April 2017)
5.9% -0.3pts 6.3% -0.1pts 6.1% -0.1pts  
Previous Month
(March 2017)
6.2% 6.4% 6.2%
Same Month Last Year
(April 2016)
6.3% -0.4pts 6.0%  +0.3pts 6.0% +0.1pts  
12 Month Average
to April 2017
5.7%   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 geographic level includes the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and the majority of the 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 March 2017 was 11.1%, an increase of 0.7 percentage points compared to the previous month yet the same as March 2016.

The April 2017 youth unemployment rate for Geelong (SA4) was 2.8 points lower than the Victorian youth unemployment rate (13.9%) and 2.5 points lower than the Australian rate (13.6%).

A twelve month average of the youth unemployment rate to April 2017 for the Geelong (SA4) was 8.7%, 4.6 points lower than the Victoraian twelve month average (13.3%) and 4.2 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
(April 2017)
11.1% +0.7pts 13.9%

-0.5pts

13.6% -0.3pts  
Previous Month
(March 2016)
10.4% 14.4% 13.9%
Same Month Last Year
(April 2016)
11.1% -0.0pts 12.5% +1.4pts 12.6% +1.0pts  
12 Month Average
to April 2017
8.7%   13.3%   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 geographic level includes the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and the majority of the 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
(Sept2016)

Latest Quarter
(Dec 2016)

Change Quarter
(Sept 2016 -
Dec 2016)
Change Annual
(Dec 2015-
Dec 2016)
Belmont 5.7 6.2 0.5 0.1
Corio - Norlane 15.5 17.2 1.7 0.1
Geelong 6.2 6.9 0.7 0.0
Geelong West - Hamlyn Heights 4.9 5.4 0.5 -0.1
Grovedale 4.3 4.7 0.4 0.0
Highton 2.5 2.6 0.1 -0.1
Lara 4.0 4.4 0.4 0.2
Leopold 4.5 5.0 0.5 0.7
Newcomb - Moolap 9.2 10.2 1.0 0.7
Newtown 3.1 3.4 0.3 -1.0
North Geelong - Bell Park 7.0 7.6 0.6 -0.2
Clifton Springs 5.0 5.4 0.4 0.3
Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads 3.2 3.5 0.3 0.2
Portarlington 8.4 9.3 0.9 0.8
Queenscliff 2.8 3.0 0.2 0.0
         
Torquay 2.5 2.7 0.2 0.1
Lorne - Anglesea 3.2 3.4 0.2 0.5
Winchelsea 3.6 3.9 0.3 0.0
         
Bannockburn 2.6 2.9 0.3 0.2
Golden Plains - South 3.9 4.2 0.3 0.2
Golden Plains - North 5.8 4.9 -0.9 0.4
Smythes Creek 2.6 2.2 -0.4 -0.2
         
Colac 5.4 5.9 0.5 2.0
Colac Region 3.0 3.2 0.2 1.2
Otway 4.6 0.4 1.8 1.0
         
City of Greater Geelong (LGA) 5.9 6.5 0.6 0.1
Surf Coast Shire (LGA) 2.8 3.1 0.3 0.2
Borough of Queenscliffe (LGA) 2.8 3.0 0.2 0.0
Golden Plains Shire (LGA) 3.6 3.6 0.0 0.2
Colac-Otway Shire (LGA) 4.5 4.9 0.4 1.7
         
G21 Region 5.3 5.8 0.5 0.2
Victoria 5.8 5.8 0.0 -0.3
 
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 March quarter 2016 figures will be released in June 2017
.

 

Department of Employment - Quarterly Unemployment Rate

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