The June quarter 2021 Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) estimates are now available through our Labour Market Information Portal. SALM presents estimates of unemployment and the unemployment rate at the Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) and Local Government Area (LGA) levels.
The June quarter estimates show that around 44% of SA2s recorded an unemployment rate of less than 5% in the June quarter 2021, down from 54% in the June quarter 2020. As shown in the chart below, around 78% of SA2s in the ACT recorded an unemployment rate of less than 5%, compared with just 31% in Queensland.
In addition, the data show that SA2s in rest of state areas (i.e., outside the capital cities) were more likely to record an unemployment rate of less than 5% than those in the capital cities (46% compared with 42%). This disparity was most evident in Victoria, with just 32% of Melbourne SA2s recording an unemployment rate of less than 5%, compared with 73% in the rest of Victoria.
The NSC recommends that SALM users review the ‘smoothed’ SALM data which are created by applying a four-quarter average to ‘unsmoothed’ SALM data. While the smoothed data will lag actual changes in labour market conditions, it also reduces the high level of statistical variability inherent in small area estimates which may be exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To read more about the June Quarter 2021 Small Area Labour Markets visit the Labour Market Information Portal website.