I intend to add a specific page on the Small Areas Labour Market data as I get back to building this website. Meanwhile there is a current post on this at Conus to which I have contributed some comments on the most recently updated SALM data: Small Area Labour Market data confirms the weaker NQ picture; Townsville losing work force
However I have looked initially at some of the data for the statistically difficult Outback region which stretches all the way from Birdsville to Cape York and found this:
The SALM quarterly data is smoothed as a 4 quarter moving average. No, not naive. I know there can be difficulties around employment statistics in indigenous communities. Was there some change in employment programs last year or some other factor?