Gympie best of the worst for jobs
GYMPIE'S Wide Bay statistical region is officially Australia's worst for unemployment, according to a new analysis of monthly Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.
But the good news is Gympie is among the best of the worst.
Although the CommSec analysis does not break down into figures for each population centre in the region, Census data shows Gympie, with 7.2% unemployment, is among the Wide Bay region's employment leaders, second to Bundaberg, with a jobless rate of 5.4%.
Maryborough at 10% is among the worst, followed by Hervey Bay at 8.1%.
CommSec says the raw monthly data are more up to date than the Census results, but are difficult to interpret and not adjusted for seasonal variations,
Its new analysis appears to show Wide Bay with an average jobless rate of 10.5%, indicating things have become worse since the 2011 Census.
But recent weeks may show some sort of turnaround, with Wide Bay's unempoyment only 6.2% in October, well below both the short-term average and the 15-year average of 8.7%.
CommSec says Australia's worst 15 unemployment regions include five in Queensland, the other four being Logan-Beaudesert, Townsville, Cairns and Mackay.