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QUEENSLAND KEY STATISTICS (Data released after 12 May 2006 are not included.)

Tables updated:
Table 3
Table 6
Table 7

Table 8
Table 9
Table 11

Movements in seasonally adjusted labour force


This page contains the following selected tables on key economic and social indicators for the Queensland economy.

Population and Vitals

      Table 1 - Population
      Table 2 - Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
Employment and Unemployment
      Table 3 - Civilian Labour Force Status
      Table 4 - Labour Force - Employees by Industry
Wages and Prices
      Table 5 - Average Weekly Earnings of Employees
      Table 6 - Consumer Price Index
Building
      Table 7 - Building Activity
      Table 8 - Building Approvals
Finance
      Table 9 - Housing Finance
Trade
      Table 10 - Value of Interstate Exports and Imports
      Table 11 - Retail Trade - Turnover and Industry
Tourism
      Table 12 - Licensed Hotels, Motels, Guest Houses and Serviced Apartments

Click here for an explanation of seasonally adjusted and trend data. For further information, email the time series analysis section of the ABS timeseries@abs.gov.au.


POPULATION AND VITALS

TABLE 1 - QUEENSLAND POPULATION

Net migration

Increase during period

Period
Estimated
resident
population

'000
Natural
increase(a)

'000
Interstate

'000
Overseas(b)

'000
Total

'000
Number

'000
Proportion(c)

%

2004
Sep qtr
3,905.7
6.1
7.6
3.9
11.5
17.6
0.5
2005
Jun qtr
3,964.0
8.6
7.4
2.2
9.5
18.1
0.5
Sep qtr(d)
3,980.8
6.3
6.1
4.4
10.5
16.8
0.4

(a) Excess of births over deaths.
(b) See Technical Note Measuring Net Overseas Migration in the 3101.0 link below.
(c) The increase during the period expressed as a proportion of the population at the beginning of the period.

(d) Estimates for interstate migration have been derived from the latest census data on interstate movement in the preceding one year and unidentified information on interstate changes of address advised to Medicare Australia in the process of administering Medicare.

Source: Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0).

TABLE 2 - QUEENSLAND ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION(a) AT 30 JUNE

Statistical Division
2000
2004r
2005p
Change
2000-05(b)
Change
2004-05

'000

'000

'000

%

%

Brisbane
1,619.3
1,777.7
1,810.9
2.3
1.9
Moreton
702.0
798.9
819.0
3.1
2.5
Wide Bay-Burnett
233.3
250.9
257.0
2.0
2.4
Darling Downs
207.4
218.8
222.5
1.4
1.7
South West
26.7
27.0
26.9
0.2
-0.2
Fitzroy
180.4
188.2
189.8
1.0
0.9
Central West
12.5
12.3
12.2
-0.5
-0.7
Mackay
136.3
143.9
147.4
1.6
2.4
Northern
187.3
201.2
205.6
1.9
2.2
Far North
222.2
235.2
238.5
1.4
1.4
North West
34.1
34.0
34.2
0.1
0.6
Queensland(c)
3,561.5
3,888.1
3,964.0
2.2
2.0

(a) Estimates use the 2005 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0). Estimates for 2000 are final, based on results of the 2001 Census of Population and Housing, while those for 2004 are revised estimates and 2005 estimates are preliminary.
(b) Average annual growth rate.
(c) Including Off-Shore Areas and Migratory.


Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia and New Zealand (cat. no. 3218.0).


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EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT

TABLE 3 - QUEENSLAND CIVILIAN LABOUR FORCE STATUS(a)(b)


Period
Employed
Unemployed
Total labour force
Full-time
Part-time
Total
Number
Unemploy-
ment rate
Number
Partici-
pation
rate
Not in
labour
force
Civilian population
aged
15 years
and over

’000

’000
’000
’000
%
’000
%
’000
’000


ORIGINAL DATA

2005
Apr
1,408.2
571.2
1,979.4
109.1
5.2
2,088.6
66.7
1,044.0
3,132.5
2006
Mar
1,422.1
590.5
2,012.5
116.1
5.5
2,128.7
66.6
1,067.6
3,196.2
Apr
1,429.5
576.6
2,006.1
101.6
4.8
2,107.6
65.8
1,094.1
3,201.7


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES(c)

2005
Apr
1,419.8
na
1,983.8
104.9
5.0
2,088.7
66.7
na
na
2006
Mar
1,430.5
na
2,013.5
107.0
5.0
2,120.5
66.3
na
na
Apr
1,441.1
na
2,010.5
97.8
4.6
2,108.3
65.8
na
na



TREND ESTIMATES(c)

2005
Apr
1,422.9
na
1,980.4
99.6
4.8
2,080.0
66.4
na
na
2006
Mar
1,433.9
na
2,005.2
106.5
5.0
2,111.7
66.1
na
na
Apr
1,436.1
na
2,009.0
105.5
5.0
2,114.5
66.1
na
na

na not available
(a) From February 2004, labour force estimates have been compiled using benchmarks based on results of the 2001 Census of Population and Housing.
(b) See Sampling errors in Labour Force Survey in Key Statistics Explanatory Notes below.
(c) Revisions in Seasonally Adjusted and Trend estimates are explained in the section 'Seasonal Adjustment and Trend Estimation' in the
Explanatory Notes of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

For further information on changes to ABS labour force products see the following paper:
Information Paper: Changes to Labour Force Survey Products (cat. no. 6297.0).

Source: Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).


TABLE 4 - QUEENSLAND LABOUR FORCE(a) - EMPLOYEES BY INDUSTRY

Industry division
February 2005
November 2005
February 2006
'000
'000
'000

Agriculture, forestry, and fishing
41.0
46.5
34.4
Mining
24.3
37.0
35.4
Manufacturing
182.4
166.5
169.4
Electricity, gas and water
12.4
20.8
18.5
Construction
133.4
134.8
138.6
Wholesale trade
76.2
68.5
74.1
Retail trade
292.1
295.4
281.6
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
92.1
97.1
98.3
Transport and storage
76.8
81.9
87.8
Communication services
24.1
25.1
22.7
Finance and insurance
47.8
51.2
47.4
Property and business services
166.0
176.5
185.9
Government administration and defence
89.2
86.8
92.6
Education
135.8
146.0
140.0
Health and community services
171.1
183.9
183.4
Cultural and recreational services
44.1
44.4
42.6
Personal and other services
59.6
62.9
67.7
Total all industries(b)
1,668.5
1,725.3
1,720.5

(a) Estimates have been revised using updated population benchmarks and incorporating a minor change to the definition of unemployed persons. Detail of these changes can be found in the following article; Australia's Labour Market Statistics, April 2004, Feature Article - Technical Report: Improvements to Labour Force Estimates (cat. no. 6105.0).
(b) Estimates have been rounded and discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003).


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WAGES AND PRICES

TABLE 5 - QUEENSLAND AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS OF EMPLOYEES: TREND

Period
Males
Females
Persons
Full- time
adult ordinary time earnings
Full- time
adult total earnings
All
employees total
earnings
Full- time
adult ordinary time earnings
Full- time
adult total earnings
All
employees total
earnings
Full- time
adult ordinary time earnings
Full- time
adult total earnings
All
employees total
earnings
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$

2004
Nov
966.10
1,034.60
855.90
821.70
835.20
577.70
913.20
960.60
722.30
2005
Aug
1,008.80
1,072.20
884.70
861.10
875.00
595.80
953.40
999.50
744.50
Nov
1,014.00
1,076.30
894.60
866.70
881.10
599.10
959.60
1,004.30
749.20


Source: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia (cat. no. 6302.0).



TABLE 6 - CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(a), BRISBANE


Period
Food
Alcohol and
tobacco
Clothing and
footwear
Housing
Household
contents and
services(b)
Health
Transportation

2005
Mar qtr
157.5
222.7
102.1
135.7
123.3
209.1
144.3
Dec qtr
160.8
227.8
104.6
139.7
124.8
207.5
151.4
2006
Mar qtr
164.7
230.1
98.9
140.6
124.5
219.7
153.3


Period
Communication
Recreation
Education
Financial and
insurance
services(c)
All groups
All groups
% change
from
previous
quarter
All groups
% change
from same
quarter
previous
year

2005
Mar qtr
115.1
128.1
265.8
na
149.2
0.8
2.6
Dec qtr
112.4
127.6
266.7
100.9
152.1
0.8
2.8
2006
Mar qtr
112.9
128.7
279.5
100.4
153.5
0.9
2.9

na not available
(a) Unless otherwise specified, base of each index: 1989-90 = 100.0.
(b) Series renamed and change to composition (linked to 14th series equivalent), see Appendix 2 of
Consumer Price Index, September quarter 2005 (cat. no. 6401.0).
(c) Base: June quarter 2005 = 100.0.

Note: Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types are compiled once a year after each June quarter release of this publication. The latest update of these series, to June quarter 2003, was released in the September 2004 issue of the Australian Economic Indicators (cat. no. 1350.0). A link to this article can be found in Related Links on the
ABS CPI web site page.

Source: Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6401.0).


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BUILDING

TABLE 7 - QUEENSLAND BUILDING ACTIVITY(a)(b)(c), ORIGINAL


Period
Dwellings completed(d)
Value of building work completed
New
houses
New other
residential
buildings
Total(e)
New
houses
New other
residential
buildings
Non-
residential
building
Total(f)
Value of
work done
in period(g)
no.
no.
no.
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

2004
Dec qtr
6,714
2,941
9,663
1,353.1
568.9
995.5
3,167.1
3,362.9
2005
Sep qtr
6,222
3,452
9,694
1,330.4
847.5
1,004.2
3,466.7
3,719.4
Dec qtr
6,912
3,332
10,270
1,464.2
716.9
1,085.0
3,557.5
3,789.6

(a) The scope of building activity includes all new residential buildings; alterations and additions to residential buildings with an approval value of $10,000 and over; and non-residential building (including alterations and additions to existing buildings) with an approval value of $50,000 and over.
(b) Data are inclusive of non-deductible GST payable on residential buildings. See paragraphs under
'GST on Building Activity' at bottom of page.
(c) Some data items have been revised. For further information, see notes in the latest issue of
Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0).
(d) Including alterations, additions and conversions.
(e) Including dwellings created as a result of alterations and additions.
(f) Including alterations and additions (valued at $10,000 and over) to residential buildings, which are not shown in the foregoing columns.
(g) Including building work that is uncompleted during the period.

Source: Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0).



TABLE 8 - QUEENSLAND BUILDING APPROVALS(a)(b), ORIGINAL


Period
Dwelling units in new residential buildings
Value of all residential buildings
Value of all non-residential buildings

Private
sector
Public
sector

Total
Private
sector
Public
sector

Total
Total
no.
no.
no.
$m
$m
$m
$m

2005
Mar
2,787
87
2,874
658.1
16.5
674.6
351.6
2006
Feb
2,946
21
2,967
729.5
5.2
734.7
446.7
Mar
3,533
114
3,647
827.1
20.7
847.8
463.9

(a) The scope of building approvals includes all approved new residential building jobs valued at $10,000 or more; all approved non-residential building jobs valued at $50,000 or more; and approved alterations and additions valued at $10,000 or more to residential buildings.
(b) Revisions to previously published statistics are included in the table.

Source: Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0).


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FINANCE

TABLE 9 - QUEENSLAND HOUSING FINANCE COMMITMENTS (OWNER OCCUPATION), ORIGINAL(a)(b)(c)


Period
By purpose
By type of buyer
First home buyers
Non-first home buyers(d)
For
con-
struction
For
purchase
of
newly
erected dwellings
For
purchase
of
established
dwellings(d)
Total
For
refinancing of established dwellings
Number
of
dwellings
financed
Average
borrowing
size
Number
of
dwellings
financed
Average
borrowing
size

no.

no.

no.

no.

no.

no.

$'000

no.

$'000

2005
Mar
1,037
450
11,846
13,333
4,149
1,912
201.3
11,421
207.5
2006
Feb
908
536
11,101
12,545
3,687
2,263
215.9
10,282
216.2
Mar
1,021
560
13,153
14,734
4,133
2,781
217.6
11,953
220.2

(a) Excluding alterations and additions.
(b) Seasonal effects and non-seasonal volatility can cause fluctuations in data. Seasonally adjusted and trend figures can be used to take these fluctuations into account and are available on request.
(c) Revisions to previously published statistics are included in the table.
(d) Including refinancing.

Source: Housing Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5609.0).



TRADE

TABLE 10 - VALUE OF INTERSTATE EXPORTS AND IMPORTS(a)(b), QUEENSLAND

Period
Total exports
Change
from
previous
period
Change
from
same qtr
previous
year
Total
imports
Change
from
previous
period
Change
from
same qtr
previous
year
$'000
%
%
$'000
%
%

2004
Dec qtr
r2,348,799
6.0
3.3
6,532,272
-4.5
12.4
2005
Sep qtr
2,351,160
5.3
6.1
5,620,640
-5.4
-17.8
Dec qtr
2,585,849
10.0
10.1
5,688,532
1.2
-12.9

r Revised
(a) Interstate exports and imports are compiled using a classification based on the Standard International Trade Classification (Revision 3).
(b) In compiling the estimates of Interstate Trade for OESR, the ABS uses a partial coverage census based on businesses with more than $400,000 of interstate trade. This collection is now under review due to frame and coverage issues. New businesses are not well represented, so the estimates are likely to be understated. The estimates are prepared for use in the compilation of Treasury's State Accounts and users should exercise strong caution in their independent use.

Source: Queensland Treasury, Office of Economic and Statistical Research (OESR).

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TABLE 11 - QUEENSLAND RETAIL TURNOVER BY INDUSTRY(a): ORIGINAL(b)


Period
Food
retailing
Department
stores
Clothing &
soft goods
retailing
Household
goods
retailing
Recreational
goods
retailing
Other
retailing
Hospitality
& services
Total

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

2005
Mar
1,325.3
223.6
210.5
435.9
^154.5
346.5
531.8
3,228.2
2006
Feb
1,247.6
184.6
196.1
458.2
^135.3
331.2
566.8
3,119.8
Mar
1,386.6
218.6
224.2
499.9
^138.3
350.6
639.2
3,457.5

^ Estimate has a relative standard error of between 10% and less than 25% and should be used with caution.
(a) See paragraph 5 of the explanatory notes in Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0).
(b) Seasonal effects and non-seasonal volatility can cause fluctuations in data. Seasonally adjusted and trend figures can be used to take these fluctuations into account and are available in Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0).

Source: Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0).



TOURISM

TABLE 12 - LICENSED HOTELS, MOTELS, GUEST HOUSES AND SERVICED APARTMENTS(a), QUEENSLAND

Period
Establish
-ments
Guest
rooms
Bed
spaces
Room
nights
occupied
Room
occupancy
rate(b)
Guest
nights
Bed
occupancy
rate
Guest
arrivals
Takings
from
accomm-
odation(b)

no.

no.

no.

'000

%

'000

%

'000

$'000

2004
Dec qtr
1,010
55,473
170,636
3,432.1
67.3
6,999.8
44.6
2,563.3
427,385
2005
Sep qtr
1,069
56,896
174,612
3,783.8
72.3
7,500.0
46.7
2,739.5
475,123
Dec qtr
1,069
57,127
175,723
3,556.9
67.8
7,128.6
44.2
2,602.3
461,511

(a) Comprising establishments with 15 or more rooms or units.
(b) Seasonally adjusted and trend figures are available for room occupancy rates and takings from accommodation in the data cube; Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Queensland (cat. no. 8635.3.55.001).

Source: Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0).


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Key Statistics Explanatory Notes

Sampling errors in Labour Force Survey

The estimates in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) are based on a sample survey. Because the entire population is not enumerated, the published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability and appear on pages 27 and 28 of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

The 95% confidence intervals below provide another way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates from sample surveys. The interval bounded by the two limits is the 95% confidence interval. A 95% confidence interval has a 95% chance of including the true value of the estimate.

MOVEMENTS IN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED SERIES BETWEEN MARCH AND APRIL 2006 - QUEENSLAND

Monthly change

95% Confidence interval

Total employment
-3,000
20,200
to
-26,200
Total unemployment
-9,200
4,000
to
-22,400
Unemployment rate
-0.4
0.2
to
-1.0
Participation rate
-0.5
0.3
to
-1.3


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GST on Building Activity

Within building activity statistics, purchasers of residential structures are unable to deduct GST from the purchase price. For non-residential structures, the reverse is true. While the ABS collects all building activity data on a GST inclusive basis, it publishes value data inclusive of GST in respect of residential construction and exclusive of GST in respect of non-residential construction.

It is appropriate to add the residential and non-residential components to derive total building activity. Valuation of the components of the total is consistent, since, for both components, the value data is recorded inclusive of non-deductible GST paid by the purchaser. As such, total building activity includes the non-deductible GST payable on residential building.

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