More Jobs Melange

Last week brought us new employment data from the ABS Labour Force Survey *official data* v the Department of Social Services *sort of official* JobSeeker recipients. It is a waste of time even commenting in the ongoing social media debates but will take refuge in a social media twitter post. I think I said the…

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More on Pokies

Regional differences by SA4 in the EGM Pokie covid spike: This is growth in metered win/player loss for July + August post re-opening relative to the previous period in 2019. Indicated in red are numbers for All Queensland and also Hotels and Clubs in Queensland. A stark difference between hotels and clubs. Within the Cairns…

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SQM August

SQM rental vacancy data for August shows further declines in key Cairns postcodes: 4870 4879 Central Cairns 4870 with around half the rental stock in Cairns remains above previous seasonal levels. Beaches 4879 has now fallen back to previous seasonal lows. Keep in mind that vacancy rates in both these had modestly broken up from…

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Extraordinary pokies data

I have updated OLGR pokie graphs neglected since February following the reopening in July: I previously ignored the posting of July numbers because it didn’t look realistic following several months (March – June in red) where data isn’t released. However August seems to confirm the almost unbelievable July numbers. Cairns SA4 was up 49.7% on…

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Airport recovery stalls in August

The July recovery in passengers at Cairns Airport stalled in August: Normally, the August number would be below the July peak but things are obviously not normal. We were probably hopeful of something better given the previous commentary from Qantas indicating good numbers and growth on the BNE-CNS route: Intra-State Airport Recovery The net surplus…

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Rain & Dams

Timely to update some weather: This is Cairns Aero where the annual rainfall has now nudged down to the lowest total since January 2013 following a weak wet season. Latest update from the BOM is that the current seasonal outlook is looking wetter due to a higher La Nina probability and the Indian Ocean Dipole:…

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MILF hotspots in Cairns

ABS last week updated regional employment estimates by age and sex. Once upon a time prominent populist demographer Bernard Salt headlined the Cairns Post with a “man drought” in Cairns. There is a lot to look at in this data particularly related to employment statistics but a quick look at the sex data over the…

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