Statistical gyrations of the last few months up, then down, returned to somewhere in the middle in the latest ABS Labour Force numbers for FNQ released this morning. The official unemployment stat returns to double digits at 10.3%.
The gender divide remains the notable feature. In the 2 years since the series commenced in November 2007 total male employment has fallen by 2.4k while total female employment has risen by 4.7k. The female participation rate has also increased over that period to a new high. Spouses seeking work to fill the income gap from unemployed partners or just more statistical noise in low sample numbers?
Regional stats table has been updated down at Far North Unemployment Debacle.