February Pokies

February is typically the bottom month for most things in Cairns except rainfall. Pokies followed the seasonal trend but remain comfortably above pre-pandemic levels. Growth rates appear to be reverting again towards more realistic levels but that’s what I said back in November. Monthly growth rates since reopening tabulated and it’s the surrounding Cairns Regions…

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Airport January

Cairns Airport numbers for January not much changed from the previous month. Domestic down -48.9% on the previous year, International -98.5%, Total -55.7%:  Within that despite reduced traffic was a larger than usual seasonal swing in net arrivals/departures perhaps reflecting the pandemic composition of the passenger mix. December net arrival peaks back to 2015 are…

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Rental Bond Volatility

RTA rental bond data for the December quarter continues recent trends in median rents: The number of rental bonds held in Cairns Regional Council at December 31 declined by 338 (-1.5%) which is the largest quarterly decline for the series. The decline was led by the beaches with postcode 4879 down 111 (-3.6%). This is…

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Insane Christmas Pokie Spree

OLGR have this week posted Pokie statistics for December. Last month’s comment that numbers were reverting back towards reality has been blown away as Santa Claus delivered for the pubs and clubs.  While Queensland was up 21.6% on the previous December, the Cairns SA4 was up a mind-boggling 64.6% with a metered win (loss) of…

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Cairns Airport December

Domestic passengers at Cairns Airport lifted in December although remains 43.2% below the previous year. International numbers remain tiny with just 460 for the month down 99.2% on the previous year. Brisbane lockdown will likely impact the January domestic traffic.

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JobSeeker Analyses #2

To return to previous themes on misunderstandings (a polite term for bigotry) about JobSeeker perhaps we should look at people on NewStart/JobSeeker who are actually earning an employment income: This melds the previous quarterly data of total NewStart recipients with the subsequent monthly data for total JobSeekers. The black bar is March when DSS were…

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November JobSeekers

November JobSeeker numbers could be seen as disappointing with Cairns SA4 underperforming the broader decline: JobSeekers drop almost another 3% in November Cairns SA4 declined by 420 people for JobSeeker + Youth Allowance (other) which is the lowest monthly decline since the May peak. The larger declines we saw in October, which also followed the…

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More Population Stuff

The previous post neglected to update on total population growth rates from this most recent quarterly data: Previous exceptional growth in Victoria was driven by a combination of both interstate and overseas migration but had been waning from peak Melbourne for some time. The ABS Labour Force Survey employment numbers also released today provide their…

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Population June 2020

Data commentary today is all over the latest ABS Labour Force employment numbers. So let’s instead have a quick browse of the latest ABS quarterly population also released. The media release here was that Australian population recorded a 1.27% increase in the year to June 2020. Down from 1.53% in the year to June 2019.…

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