Labour market performance: As I note in the column, Queensland’s labour market seems less flexible than that in other states, with larger, more persistent variations in unemployment rates between regions. Here is the cross-sectional variance of unemployment rates for each State and Territory, unadjusted for labour force size, for December 2010 to December 2011, using data sourced from http://www.deewr.gov.au/lmip/default.aspx?LMIP/SALM.I'm not on top of the data or stats to be able to comment here but perhaps something deserving of further research. The data from DEEWR is quarterly unemployment with a break down into smaller sub-regional areas. Queensland Economy Watch has recently commented on the volatility of our monthly data so i'm not sure on reliability of sub-regional data, albeit quarterly, or what has been used here? The timeframe of the data series used here is also rather short.
Back in 2007 Ergas was posting at Statewatch, a website funded by the Menzies Centre at a time when the Howard Guvmint was faced with wall-to-wall state ALP guvmints. He now sometimes posts at the right wing libertarian Catallaxy blog where the war on keynesianism is in full swing. Times change, eh!