Stats Centre – Unemployment Rate Data

Unemployment rate data is released monthly by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 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 2021 for Geelong was 2.7%, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from the previous month and 1.6 points lower than the same time last year.

The 12-month average unemployment rate to September 2021 for Geelong was 2.9 points lower than the Victorian unemployment rate (5.6%) and 3.1 points lower than the Australian unemployment rate (5.8%).

 
Geelong (SA4)*
Victoria
Australia**
12-month average
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Unemployment rate
Change percentage points
Latest month (September 2021)
2.7%
-0.2
5.6%
-0.1
5.8%
-0.2
Previous month (August 2021) 2.9% 5.7% 6.0%
Same time last year (September 2020)
4.3%
-1.6
5.9%
 -0.3
5.9%
-0.1

Unemployment rate

(12-month rolling average)

line graph showing monthly unemployment rate for the past 10 years for Geelong SA4, Victoria and Australia


Youth unemployment rate (15–24 years)

The 12-month average youth unemployment rate to September 2021 for Geelong was 9.1%, a  decrease of 0.6 percentage points from the previous month, and 0.8 points lower than the same time last year.

The 12-month average youth unemployment rate to September 2021 for Geelong was 3.8 points lower than the Victorian youth unemployment rate (12.9%) and 0.8 points lower than the Australian rate (10.0%).

 
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 2021)
9.1%
-0.6
12.9%
-0.2
10.0%
+0.2
Previous month (August 2021) 9.7% 13.1% 9.8%
Same time last year (September 2020)
9.9%
 -0.8
13.4%
-0.5
14.6%
-4.6

Youth unemployment rate

(12-month rolling average)

line graph showing monthly youth unemployment rate for the past 10 years for Geelong SA4, Victoria and Australia.


See all current Geelong SA4 labour force data

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 2021 quarterly unemployment rate fell in all of the 15 small areas across Greater Geelong, compared to the March 2021 quarter. The largest quarterly falls were recorded in Corio-Norlane (- 0.8 percentage points), Point Lonsdale - Queenscliff and Geelong (both -0.6) and Newcomb - Moolap (-0.5). The smallest decrease of 0.3 percentage points was recorded in 4 areas: Highton, Lara, Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads and Leopold.

The June 2021 quarterly unemployment rate fell in three of the 15 small areas across Greater Geelong compared to the same quarter the previous year. Decreases were recorded for the sixth consecutive quarter in both Corio - Norlane (down -1.4 percentage points) and Newcomb - Moolap (-0.3). The unemployment rate in Geelong also fell (-0.5).  The largest increases in the unemployment rate compared to the same time last year were recorded in Point Lonsdale - Queenscliff and Clifton Springs (both +0.6), and Portarlington (+0.5).

Area (SA2)*
Smoothed Unemployment Rate (%)
Previous quarter
(March 2021)
Latest quarter
(June 2021)
Change quarter
(March 2021 – June 2021)
Change annual
(June 2020 – June 2021)
Belmont
4.2
3.8 -0.4 +0.4
Corio-Norlane 11.2 10.4 -0.8 -1.4
Geelong 4.8 4.2 -0.6 -0.5
Geelong West-Hamlyn Heights 3.7 3.3 -0.4 +0.3
Grovedale 3.8 3.4 -0.4 +0.4
Highton
2.4
2.1 -0.3 +0.4
Lara 3.5 3.2 -0.3 +0.2
Leopold
3.2
2.9 -0.3 +0.2
Newcomb-Moolap 7.1 6.6 -0.5 -0.3
Newtown 2.2 1.9 -0.3 +0.1
North Geelong-Bell Park
5.2
4.8 -0.4 +0.1
Clifton Springs
4.6
4.2 -0.4 +0.6
Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads
2.8
2.5 -0.3 +0.4
Portarlington
6.8
6.4 -0.4 +0.5
Point Lonsdale-Queenscliff 3.2 2.6 -0.6 +0.6
 
 
 
 
 
Torquay
30.
2.5 -0.5 +0.7
Lorne-Anglesea
3.1
2.6 -0.5 +0.7
Winchelsea
3.2
2.9 -0.3 +0.6
 
 
 
 
 
Bannockburn
2.5
2.3 -0.2 +0.5
Golden Plains (South) 2.9 2.7 -0.2 +0.3
Golden Plains (North)
6.8
6.4 -0.4 +2.5
Smythes Creek
2.9
2.7 -0.2 +1.1
 
 
 
 
 
Colac
3.8
4.0 +0.2 +0.7
Colac Region 2.2 2.4 +0.2 +0.5
Otway
3.6
3.8 +0.2 +1.7
 
 
 
 
 
City of Greater Geelong (LGA)
4.5
4.1 -0.4 +0.1
Surf Coast Shire (LGA)
3.0
2.6 -0.4 +0.7
Borough of Queenscliffe (LGA)
3.1
2.7 -0.4 +0.7
Golden Plains Shire (LGA)
3.5
3.3 -0.2 +0.9
Colac-Otway Shire (LGA)
3.3
3.5 +0.2 +0.8
 
 
 
 
 
G21 region
4.2
3.8 -0.4 +0.2
Victoria
6.6
6.2 -0.4 +0.8

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 the September quarter 2021 figures will be released in December 2021.
*See Australian Bureau of Statistics maps and choose 2016 Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2).


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Page last updated: Friday, 5 November 2021

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