Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation (NERO)

September 2021 data released 6 October 2021

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The Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation, or NERO, is a new experimental dataset, developed by the National Skills Commission.

Explore the NERO data dashboard

It provides timely information on employment in 355 occupations across 88 regions in Australia. Until now, this type of data was only readily available every five years as part of the ABS Census of Population and Housing. With NERO, the insights can be produced monthly.

NERO can be searched either by occupation or by region and you can download the data in a variety of ways. Watch this brief video below to see how to use the NERO data dashboard.

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NERO has been developed using an emerging methodology called ‘nowcasting' that uses both traditional and real-time data, as well as big data techniques, such as machine learning, to estimate trends that are more timely, more detailed and are available more frequently.


Data will be updated monthly with planned release dates as follows:

Data Period Expected Release Date
October 2021 3 November 2021
November 2021 1 December 2021

The NERO series provides estimates of occupational employment by region that was previously only readily available every five years from the ABS Census of Population and Housing. As an experimental series, the NERO estimates have been smoothed to provide an indication of long term trends in local labour markets. As a result of this smoothing process, these estimates may not capture short term dynamics in the labour market, such as the considerable impacts of lock-downs currently being experienced by many regions across Australia. The NSC is exploring other approaches to better reflect short-term dynamics in its NERO experimental estimates. The NSC encourages users to utilise a combination of data sources alongside NERO (such as the NSC Internet Vacancy Index, NSC Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, ABS Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages and ABS Labour Force Survey) to analyse current labour market trends. The NSC continues to welcome feedback on NERO.


These estimates are experimental in nature, and it is anticipated that the estimates may be revised in late 2021 or early 2022. Feedback is welcomed, including suggestions for how the estimates could be improved.

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NERO is a product of the National Skills Commission, within the Commonwealth of Australia. With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the NSC’s logo, any images or photographs, any material protected by a trade mark and where otherwise noted, the content of NERO is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence, CC BY 4.0 licence. Please note that this CC BY licence includes a disclaimer of warranties and liabilities in favour of the Commonwealth of Australia.

The NSC used data records provided by the parties listed on the Nowcasting Methodology page in the preparation of NERO.

Use of, including to copy, redistribute, remix, transform, or build upon, all or any part of NERO must include the following attribution: Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation, National Skills Commission, Commonwealth of Australia. Used under Creative Commons BY 4.0 licence.