Stats Centre - Unemployment Rate Data

Unemployment rate data is released monthly by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the Geelong SA4 geographic level and quarterly by the Department of Employment for the smaller SA2 geographic level.

ABS unemployment rate

The ABS advises that their unemployment rate data should be adjusted to a 12 month rolling average to smooth out the volatility in the monthly data.

The 12 month average unemployment rate to March 2019 for Geelong was 3.8%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from the previous month, 2.3 points lower than the same time last year and the lowest since January 2009.

The 12 month average unemployment rate to March 2019 for Geelong was 1.1 points lower than the Victorian unemployment rate (4.9%) and 1.4 points lower than the Australian unemployment rate (5.2%).


 
Geelong (SA4)*
Victoria
Australia**
Twelve Month Average
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Latest month (March 2019)
3.8%
-0.1
4.9%
0.0
5.2%
0.0
Previous month (February 2019) 3.9%  4.9% 5.2%
Same time last year (March 2019)
6.1%
-2.3
4.8%
 +0.1
5.2%
0.0

 

Unemployment Rate

(12 Month Rolling Average)

line graph showing monthly unemployment rate for the past 5 years for Geelong SA4, Victoria and Australia


Youth unemployment rate (15-24 years)

The 12 month average youth unemployment rate to March 2020 for Geelong was 7.9%, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points compared to the previous month and 4.7 points lower than the same time last year.

The 12 month average youth unemployment rate to March 2020 for Geelong was 2.7 points lower than the Victorian youth unemployment rate (10.6%) and 3.9 points lower than the Australian rate (11.8%).


 
Geelong (SA4)*
Victoria
Australia**
Twelve Month Average
Unemployment rate
(15-24 years)
Change percentage points
Unemployment rate
(15-24 years)
Change percentage points
Unemployment rate
(15-24 years)
Change percentage points
Latest month (March 2020)
7.9%
-0.6
10.6%
0.0
11.8%
-0.1
Previous month (February 2020)  8.5%  10.6%  11.9%
Same time last year (March 2019)
12.6%
 -4.7
10.8%
 -0.2
11.5%
+0.3

 

 Youth Unemployment Rate

(12 Month Rolling Average)

line graph showing monthly youth unemployment rate for the past 5 years for Geelong SA4, Victoria and Australia.

 

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (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 Geelong SA4 area includes the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and the majority of the Golden Plains Shire. See Australian Bureau of Statistics maps and choose 2016 Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4).
**Data for Australia is sometimes revised from previously published data.


Department of Education, Skills and Employment - quarterly unemployment rate

Area (SA2)*
Smoothed Unemployment Rate (%)
Previous quarter
(September 2019)
Latest quarter
(December 2019)
Change Quarter
(Sept 2019-Dec 2019))
Change Annual
(Dec 2018-Dec 2019)
Belmont
4.9
4.0 -0.9 -2.3
Corio - Norlane 18.7
15.3
-3.4 -6.7
Geelong
6.9
5.5
-1.4
-2.8
Geelong West - Hamlyn Heights
4.5
3.6
-0.9
-1.6
Grovedale
3.5
3.1
-0.4
-0.9
Highton
2.1
2.7
+0.6
-0.7
Lara
4.2
3.6
-0.6
-0.8
Leopold
3.7
3.1
-0.6
-1.3
Newcomb - Moolap
11.4
9.3
-2.1 -3.2
Newtown
2.6
2.2
-0.4
-0.6
North Geelong - Bell Park
7.2
5.9
-1.3
-2.1
Clifton Springs
5.4
4.6
-0.8
-1.4
Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads
2.6
2.2
-0.4
-0.6
Portarlington
9.1
7.5
-1.6
-2.6
Queenscliff
2.9
2.3
-0.6
-1.7
 
 
 
 
 
Torquay
1.7
1.4
-0.3
-0.5
Lorne - Anglesea
2.0
1.6
-0.4
-0.8
Winchelsea
3.2
2.6
-0.6
-1.1
 
 
 
 
 
Bannockburn
2.1
1.8
-0.3
-0.9
Golden Plains - South
3.5
2.8
-0.7
-1.2
Golden Plains - North
4.1
3.8
-0.3
-0.3
Smythes Creek
1.8
1.6
-0.2
0.0
 
 
 
 
 
Colac
2.7
3.0
+0.3
-0.7
Colac Region
1.8
1.9
+0.1
-0.4
Otway
1.6
1.8
+0.2
-0.7
 
 
 
 
 
City of Greater Geelong (LGA)
6.0
4.9
-1.1
-1.9
Surf Coast Shire (LGA)
2.0
1.7
-0.3
-0.6
Borough of Queenscliffe^ (LGA)
na
na
na
na
Golden Plains Shire (LGA)
2.8
2.4
-0.4
-0.7
Colac-Otway Shire (LGA)
2.3
2.5
-0.2
-0.7
 
 
 
 
 
G21 Region^
5.1
4.2
-0.9
-1.6
Victoria
4.7
4.7
0.0
-0.3

Department of Education, Skills and Employment - Unemployment Rate

10 year Quarterly unemployment figures for the City of Greater Geelong graph

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 'Small Area Labour Markets Australia'.
Note: 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 2020 figures will be released in June 2020.
*See Australian Bureau of Statistics maps and choose 2016 Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2).
^Excludes data for Queenscliffe (LGA) due to a data series break resulting from DoESE update.


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Page last updated: Thursday, 28 May 2020

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