Bay unemployed rate stays at 10%

HERVEY Bay's jobless rate has hit 10% or worse across two quarters in the past year.

More than half the 1400 areas measured in the national survey had an unemployment rate of less than 5% in the quarter to June 2012.

For nine months of the past year, there were more than 2200 unemployed in and around Hervey Bay.

Maryborough had stronger jobs data for the same period with the unemployment rate sitting between 7-8% for most of the year.

Bundaberg's jobless rate averaged out to slightly more than 8% across the 12 months to June. Smaller centres dotted around the Fraser Coast and the Wide Bay Burnett showed much stronger employment trends in the same period.

In Gayndah the unemployment figure did not rise above 3.7%.

Biggenden also performed well with its unemployment figure also low with a top of 3.6%.

"The (figures) should be regarded as a broad indication of local unemployment rates only," a DEEWR spokesman said.

The estimates are derived from three primary sources.

One is Centrelink data on people in receipt of Newstart or Youth Allowance by postcode.

The second is an ABS Labour Force Survey data at the ABS Labour Force Region level.

The third is the 2006 Census of Population and Housing labour force data.

The survey on small area labour markets was done by the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations.



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