Regional unemployment figures continue to move

THE employment rate in Richmond-Tweed region fell 3.7% in the December quarter last year, one of the highest falls in New South Wales.

The latest regional labour market figures, released by the Department of Workplace Relations on Friday, showed the fall in the employment rate in Richmond was comparable with Sydney's western area of Canterbury-Bankstown.

Other areas of note in the figures were the north and far north NSW coast, which sat a 1.4% fall in the number of people employed in the region, a 0.3% rise in the employment rate.

In Queensland, the employment rate fell 3.7% in West Moreton and rose 3.3% in Wide Bay-Burnett in the December quarter.

Across the nation, the biggest rises in employment were found in Western Australia (up 4.2%), the Northern Territory (up 2.7%) and the Australian Capital Territory (up 2.3%).

The biggest falls in employment was recorded in Tasmania (down 1.4%) and South Australia.

Unemployment rate:

New South Wales:

Richmond-Tweed/ Mid-North Coast: 5.9%, down 0.8%

Northern/ Far West-North Western/ Central West: 5.8%, down 0.5%

Queensland:

Ipswich City: 7%, up 3.9%

Gold Coast: 5.2%, up 1.5%

Sunshine Coast: 8%, up 2%

West Moreton: 5.4%, down 3.9%

Wide Bay-Burnett: 7.6%; down 3.5%

Darling Downs-South West: 5.7%, down 2.4%

Mackay-Fitzroy-Central West: 3.5%, down 0.7%

Northern-North West: 3.1%, down4%



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