SALM presents regional estimates of unemployment and this quarter is beginning to reflect the impact COVID-19 has had on labour market conditions across the country.
The June quarter 2020 Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) estimates are now available through our Labour Market Information Portal. SALM presents regional estimates of unemployment and this quarter is beginning to reflect the impact COVID-19 has had on labour market conditions across the country.
Overall, the estimates show that almost two thirds of Statistical Area Level 2s (SA2s) have seen an increase in their unemployment rate from June 2019 to June 2020. However, the estimates also show that for the latest quarter, the unemployment rate was below 5% for more than half of the SA2s.
The NSC recommends that SALM users review the ‘smoothed’ SALM data which is created by applying a four-quarter average to ‘unsmoothed’ SALM data. The smoothed data reduces the high levels of statistical variability inherent in small area estimates, which may be exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is likely to be present in ‘unsmoothed’ data.