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Regional labour force trends and NSW electorates (October 2018)

Regional labour force trends and NSW electorates (October 2018)

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An interactive map overlays ABS labour force regional data with NSW ​electoral boundaries to provide visual insight into what may be happening in electorates. Typically, the regions for which ABS labour force statistics are published do not correlate to electoral boundaries.

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for a full screen version of the map.

Interactive charts present five-year trends of different labour force indicators for NSW and the regions (get data back to 1999).

There are 28 labour force regions in NSW: 15 in Greater Sydney and 13 in Regional NSW. Regional data should be interpreted with care; please see the notes below.

​How to use the map

  • The map is not​ compatible with Internet Explorer 11: use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox browsers to ensure full functionality​
  • Zoom using +/- button or mouse scroll wheel to find specific electorate
  • Use check boxes to view indicators: only one indicator is visible at a time
  • Hovering over the map shows regional data, not electorate data
  • The ABS regions are colour coded based on the data, with white boundaries
  • The NSW electorates are named, with dark blue boundaries​
           

Interactive map (latest regional data)

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Interactive charts (five-year regional trends)

The four interactive charts allow you to view five-year trends for a labour force
region, as well as Regional NSW, Greater Sydney or NSW. Use the drop-down
menu to select the area of your interest.
The unemployment rate is a measure of the number of unemployed persons expressed as a proportion of the labour force (the total number of employed and unemployed persons).

The youth unemployment rate is a measure of the number of unemployed youth (persons aged 15 to 24) expressed as a proportion of the youth labour force (the total number of employed and unemployed youth).

Cumulative employment growth is a measure of the growth in total employed
persons over a period of time. Employed persons are those aged 15 years and
over who performed an hour of work or more in a specific week, or who had a
job but were not at work in that specific week.

The participation rate is a measure of the proportion of the working age population (persons aged 15 and over) who are actively engaged in the labour market, either by working or looking for work.

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Labour force definitions

​Employed All persons aged 15 years and over who, during the week of the Labour Force Survey:
  • worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind in a job or business, or on a farm; or
  • worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm; or
  • were employees who had a job but were not at work; or
  • were employees or own account workers, who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work
​Labour force ​The total number of employed and unemployed persons​​
​Participation rate ​The labour force expressed as a percentage of the population in the same age group
​Unemployed ​Persons aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the week of the Labour Force Survey, and:
  • had actively looked for full time or part time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and were available for work in the reference week; or
  • were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then
​Unemployment rate ​The number of unemployed persons expressed as a percentage of the labour force
​Youth unemployment rate ​The number of unemployed persons aged 15 to 24 expressed as a percentage of the labour force aged 15 to 24

Notes

  • ​Source: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed Electronic Delivery, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.001, 2016
  • ​The data presented here applies to an area's resident labour force (i.e. those persons who reside in an area) as opposed to its workforce i.e. those persons who work in an area
  • ​The ABS Labour Force Survey covers about 0.32% of the Australian population aged 15 years or over. Its primary purpose is to provide labour force estimates for the nation and, secondarily, for each State and Territory. Due to the small sample size involved, regional data should therefore be interpreted with caution
  • ​While labour force data is normally subject to seasonal adjustment, this only applies to National and State level data. The regional data presented here is original, non-seasonally adjusted data; for comparative purposes, the State level data presented here is also original, non-seasonally adjusted data. See the ABS for original and seasonally adjusted NSW data
  • ​Using the recommended ABS methodology for regional labour force indicators, all the data presented are 12-month averages. For example, the January 2016 figure is an average of the original data for the 12 months February 2015 to January 2016 inclusive
  • Youth unemployment is a complex issue. It is worth noting therefore that the youth unemployment rate only paints part of the picture, generally being held to represent an overestimate of youth unemployment. See further this Research Service publication: NSW regional labour force trends by labour force indicator
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