1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Jun 2011  
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SA Stats

SA Stats provides an overview of the state's population and economy. This publication is updated on a monthly basis, with most releases also containing a feature article on socio-economic and environmental issues of interest.

The June 2011 release of SA Stats will be the final one. It will be replaced by a new state based web product, State and Territory Statistical Indicators (cat. no. 1367.0), which will be released on 26 July 2011. All state based web releases have been brought together in this single web portal. The new product will continue to include information of relevance to the individual jurisdictions but will have a refreshed look and feel. It will provide consistent content across jurisdictions and will allow better comparability, to optimise the utility of such products for users, and to turn them into tools that build user statistical literacy. Users should find the new product easier to navigate and more visually pleasing. We welcome your feedback on the new product.

SA Stats, May 2011

The May edition of SA Stats includes a feature article on trends in federal voter turnout and informal voting in South Australia. It found that in the recent 2010 federal election, South Australian voter turnout was the third highest for both the House of Representatives and the Senate (93.8% and 94.3% respectively) of all states and territories, behind Tasmania (95.1% and 95.3%) and the Australian Capital Territory (94.6% and 94.9%). In 2010, the Commonwealth Electoral Division of Boothby recorded the lowest voter turnout level (91.5%) while Barker recorded the highest at 95.1%.

SA Stats, April 2011

April's feature article examines South Australia's changing industrial landscape in the ten years to 2009-10. For selected industries, the article compares employment levels and economic impact using the Gross Value Added (GVA) component of Gross State Product (GSP). While manufacturing is the state's major industry contributor in terms of GVA as percentage of GSP, this contribution has declined steadily from 15.0% in 2000-01 to 11.7% in 2009-10. In terms of employment, the manufacturing industry is no longer the state's largest employer, having been surpassed by the Health Care and Social Assistance industry in 2006-07.

SA Stats, March 2011

The March edition of SA Stats includes two feature articles. The first article examines patterns in South Australia's retail turnover and demonstrates how analysis using original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates can provide different perspectives of that turnover. In trend terms, South Australia's monthly retail trade growth has declined since April 2010, and has recorded negative growth since July 2010. The trend series is generally recommended for time series analysis as it levels out the irregularities that may be seen in seasonally adjusted data and reveals the underlying direction of the data.

The second article focuses on the emotional well-being of South Australians. It uses levels of psychological distress, mental illness and personal stressors as indicators of well-being. According to the 2007-08 National Health Survey, 13% of South Australians aged 18 years and over reported having a high or very high degree of psychological distress. South Australians living with a disability or long term health condition were more likely to experience a high degree of psychological distress than the general South Australian population (47% compared to 13%).

Regional Population Growth

Released on 31 March 2011, Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 3218.0) contains estimates of the resident populations of areas of Australia as at 30 June in each year from 2001 to 2010. Estimates are provided for Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs), Statistical Districts, Remoteness Areas, and states and territories of Australia.

Selected findings for South Australia include:

  • At 30 June 2010, the estimated resident population of South Australia was 1.64 million people, an increase of 20,100 people since June 2009.
  • Playford, in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, and Alexandrina on the Fleurieu Peninsula, were the fastest-growing LGAs in the state, both increasing by 3.0%.
  • During 2009-10, the LGAs with the largest population growth in the state were Onkaparinga in Adelaide's southern suburbs and Salisbury in the north, both increasing by 2,400 people.

Further findings about population growth in South Australia, including maps and commentary, can be found in the South Australia section of this publication.