SMALL AREA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ESTIMATES
The Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) produce unemployment rate estimates at Statistical Local Area (SLA) level, using information derived from the ABS Labour Force Survey, supplemented by small area data from the ABS Census of Population and Housing and Centrelink.
The estimates are based on the same geographical structure as that used by the ABS for regional labour force estimates in the Labour Force Survey. From February 2009, estimates from the Labour Force Survey have been based on the 2006 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). Previously, they were based on the 2001 edition of the ASGC.
Accordingly, the small areas (SLAs and aggregates thereof) for which unemployment rate estimates will be produced from March quarter 2009 will also be based on the 2006 edition of the ASGC. DEEWR is in the process of making the transition from the 2001 edition of the ASGC and, as a result, there has been a significant delay on the release of March quarter 2009 estimates. Therefore, the estimates of unemployment rate table included in this edition of State and Regional Indicators, Victoria is the same as that included in the previous two editions with data up to December quarter 2008.
View underlying table as an Excel spreadsheet: 1367.2 Estimates of unemployment rate, By Local Government Area: Smoothed series (file size 35kB).