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 volatility in the monthly data.

The 12 month average unemployment rate to September 2020 for Geelong was 4.3%, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the previous month yet 1.0 points lower than the same time last year.

The 12 month average unemployment rate to September 2020 for Geelong was 1.6 points lower than the Victorian unemployment rate (5.9%) and 1.8 points lower than the Australian unemployment rate (6.1%).


 
Geelong (SA4)*
Victoria
Australia**
Twelve month average
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Latest month (September 2020)
4.3%
+0.3
5.9%
+0.1
6.1%
+0.2
Previous month (August 2020) 4.0%  5.8% 5.9%
Same time last year (September 2019)
5.3%
-1.0
4.6%
 +1.3
5.1%
+1.0

 

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 September 2020 for Geelong was 10.0%, an increase of 1.6 percentage points compared to the previous month yet 0.8 points lower than the same time last year.

The 12 month average youth unemployment rate to September 2020 for Geelong was 3.3 points lower than the Victorian youth unemployment rate (13.3%) and 3.4 points lower than the Australian rate (13.4%).


 
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 (September 2020)
10.0%
+1.6
13.3%
+0.4
13.4%
+0.2
Previous month (June 2020) 8.4%  12.9% 13.2%
Same time last year (September 2019)
10.8%
 -0.8
10.3%
+3.0
11.6%
+1.8

 

 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 – small area quarterly unemployment rate

The June 2020 quarter unemployment rate fell or remained the same in 11 of the 15 small areas across Greater Geelong compared to the March 2020 quarter. The largest quarterly decreases were in Corio-Norlane (down 1.2 percentage points), Newcomb-Moolap (-0.7) and Portarlington (-0.3).

The June 2020 quarter unemployment rate fell in all 15 small areas across Greater Geelong compared to the same quarter last year. The largest annual decreases were again in Corio-Norlane (down 9.1 percentage points), Newcomb-Moolap (-4.7) and Portarlington (-3.3).

In the June 2020 quarter, half (12) of the 25 G21 small areas recorded their lowest quarterly unemployment rate since December 2010: Belmont, Corio-Norlane, Geelong, Geelong West-Hamlyn Heights, Lara, Leopold, Newcomb-Moolap, Newtown, North Geelong-Bell Park, Clifton Springs, Portarlington and Golden Plains (South).

 
Area (SA2)*
Smoothed Unemployment Rate (%)
Previous quarter
(March 2020)
Latest quarter
(June 2020)
Change quarter
(Mar 2020 – June 2020)
Change annual
(June 2019 – June 2020)
Belmont
3.4
3.4 0.0 -2.8
Corio-Norlane 13.0 11.8 -1.2 -9.1
Geelong 4.8 4.7 -0.1 -2.8
Geelong West-Hamlyn Heights 3.0 3.0 0.0 -2.1
Grovedale
2.9
3.0
+0.1
-1.0
Highton
1.5
1.7
+0.2
-0.7
Lara
3.1
3.0
-0.1
-1.1
Leopold
2.7
2.7
0.0
-1.6
Newcomb-Moolap
7.6
6.9
-0.7 -4.7
Newtown
1.8
1.8
0.0
-1.6
North Geelong-Bell Park
4.9
4.7
-0.2
-3.1
Clifton Springs
3.8
3.7
-0.1
-0.6
Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads
2.0
2.1
+0.1
-0.6
Portarlington
6.2
5.9
-0.3
-3.3
Queenscliff
1.7
2.0
+0.3
-1.7
 
 
 
 
 
Torquay
1.3
1.8
+0.5
-0.3
Lorne-Anglesea
1.4
2.0
+0.6
-0.6
Winchelsea
2.2
2.3
+0.1
-1.1
 
 
 
 
 
Bannockburn
1.7
1.8
+0.1
-0.8
Golden Plains (South)
2.4
2.4
0.0
-1.4
Golden Plains (North)
3.2
3.9
+0.7
-0.4
Smythes Creek
1.3
1.6
+0.3
-0.4
 
 
 
 
 
Colac
3.1
3.3
+0.2
-0.1
Colac region
1.8
1.9
+0.1
-0.3
Otway
1.8
2.1
+0.3
-0.4
 
 
 
 
 
City of Greater Geelong (LGA)
4.2
4.0
-0.2
-2.6
Surf Coast Shire (LGA)
1.5
1.9
+0.4
-0.5
Borough of Queenscliffe^ (LGA)
1.7
2.0
+0.3
-
Golden Plains Shire (LGA)
2.1
2.4
+0.3
-0.7
Colac-Otway Shire (LGA)
1.8
2.1
+0.3
-0.4
 
 
 
 
 
G21 Region^
3.6
3.6
0.0
-2.0
Victoria
4.9
5.4
+0.5
-0.2

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 September quarter 2020 figures will be released in late December 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.


Source websites





Page last updated: Friday, 22 January 2021

Print