Covid Era Population Growth

ABS population last week to March 2021 was the first full year of the covid era: Australia’s population growth close to zero It was a barely positive 0.1% with external immigration mostly blocked. Which sits oddly with widely reported housing shortages when national population growth is so obviously below national dwelling construction. Internally there were…

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August JobSeekers

August JobSeekers + Youth Allowance (other) showed a marginal national decline in August although this was all over the place between different states and territories. Mutual obligation requirements are currently relaxed again for lockdown locations in NSW and Victoria. With different lockdown circumstances and border closures in different states I don’t see much point trying…

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Vaccination Data #2

Recent covid vaccination data has extended down to SA3 statistical region level: Cairns region is performing above average for Queensland regions. There are also still distinct demographic differences with higher rates generally in more affluent older demographics in urban areas. Cairns – North stands out here in our region more than 5 percentage points above…

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Population by Age and Sex

ABS recently posted regional population estimates by age and sex at June 2020 which was lost in the maelstrom. Lagging and now somewhat dated these estimates only reflect the initial months of the covid era: I have used persons here rather than percentages of the population usually represented. A closer look at change by age…

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July Payrolls

Catching up with regional July payroll data from ABS last week. Falls across  Queensland in late July as lockdown effects kick in. We should note here that the reference period for the “official” ABS labour force survey was 4 – 17 July. Most declines seen here post date that period. Cairns SA4 highlighted in red.…

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Google mobility update

Latest Google mobility data takes us through to Saturday August 21. So this is more than a week after the three day lockdown but also only to the day after restrictions around masks were lifted which returned Cairns and Yarrabah to the rest of Queensland ex SEQ. Google mobility data by category: Response from the…

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Experienced Thoughts

Experience Co released annual results today. This isn’t what it was when it represented a bigger cross section of FNQ tourism business but is still more reliable than certain tourism lobby group interests. The quality of management here for a relatively small company is highly regarded. I think I am actually surprised by the monthly…

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July JobSeekers

JobSeeker numbers last week showed further ongoing July decline in the Cairns SA4 region ahead of the August lockdowns. The decline had closed towards March 2020 levels as a percentage of of working age population derived from the ABS labour force series.   Again, and from my very first post last year on this, simple percentage…

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